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With the incredible response to their debut album YOUNG, Overcoats are releasing a very special deluxe edition of the album out today on Arts & Crafts. The new album features a brand new track from the New York City based duo titled "I Don't Believe In US". The video was premiered today by NPR who said “The song's pastel-colored music video...daydreams of liberation from circumstances which no longer fulfill us.”
Hana and JJ told NPR : "The song is about disillusionment. It's about realizing that a fairytale you've been believing your whole life is false. It's about figuring out what to do with that information – how to move forward. We wrote the song in Paris in a tiny little apartment on a night off while on tour in the summer. We wrote it without any instruments, just 2 voices and us drumming with our hands on the desk. When we got back, we finished the track with Arthur Ashin, Joao Gonzalez, and Bram Inscore. This song is the final chapter of YOUNG, to end the journey that has taken us all over North America and Europe. It's a provocative look at all the transformation we've been through, all the difficult changes. We're excited to see what happens next...Do we believe?
We really wanted to have a hand in the creative for the video and had a strong vision for what it should look like. We wanted to play with the idea of fairy tales, of fantasy and love and surrealism. We knew we wanted a couple fighting, brightly colored smoke, and people to fall in a pool. We wrote up a treatment and brought it to Aaron Vasquez and Sinjun Strom, who co-directed it and were absolutely brilliant. We had help from so many talented friends. It was a joy to make together."
Despite the huge year which included a spot on NPR's Favorite New Artist 2017 Poll and this captivating Tiny Desk Session, Overcoats are not slowing down. They will be playing a SOLD OUT show at Bowery Ballroom and then continuing their tour around the US. All Dates are listed below.
11/3/17 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom^ - SOLD OUT
11/10/17 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
11/11/17 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter*
11/12/17 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle*
11/14/17 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe*
11/16/17 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College
11/17/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/18/17 - Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
12/7/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
12/8/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
12/9/17 - San Francisco CA @ The Independent
^ w/ Handsome Ghost supporting
* w/ Gordi supporting
YOUNG (Deluxe Tracklisting)
2. Smaller Than My Mother
4. Leave The Light On
5. Hold Me Close
6. The Fog
7. Walk On
8. Little Memory
10. Nighttime Hunger
11. Kai's Song
13. Kai's Song (Acoustic) (Bonus Track)
14. I Don't Believe In Us (Bonus Track)
PRAISE FOR YOUNG
"The chills they give me; the fact that I can't look away when they perform; their complex and irresistible harmonies; the vulnerability to their words and the dance-y beats they put behind them." - Bob Boilen of NPR
"...one of the best albums of 2017 ..." - NPR
"Overcoats harmonize constantly and consonantly in the style of old-line country brother acts, from the Stanley Brothers to the Everly Brothers." - New York Times
"YOUNG might be one of the coziest albums you'll hear all year - but it still packs enough oomph to ignite a late-night dance party..." - Entertainment Weekly
"The pair consistently brings together tight vocal harmonies with upbeat electronic tracks for a fresh take on folk..." - NYLON
"...Overcoats transforms these moments of vulnerability into a celebration of finding…
strength, bit by bit." - Noisey
"With electronic production as their backdrop, Overcoats shine with their vocal harmonies and timeless songwriting, creating an intriguing blend of modern and
classic styles." - Pigeons & Planes
MORE INFORMATION ON YOUNG
On their first single "Hold Me Close", Hana and JJ's melodies are purity in unison, providing two distinct but entwined perspectives on the complexity of love. In their words, the song is about finding solace in the present when the future and past seem impossible to understand. It's about loneliness and disillusionment that we can feel in relationships, and how we must persevere anyway in hopes of finding the beauty in love. Elion and Mitchell were drawn to each other when they first met in 2011, finding connection in their diverse love of music and an immediate closeness that verges on sisterhood. Their meeting was transformative emotionally as well as creatively. Both halves of Overcoats describe the first time hearing each other sing as an epiphany: the harmony of their voices leading to personal, individual discovery. This bond forms the foundation of Overcoats, and it fills the ecosystem of YOUNG with its stunning sound and sentiment. Album opener Father unfurls in clouds of three-dimensional sound: a cathedral of echo over waves of delay and the din of incidental noise. There is a rare resonance in Overcoats evident from these opening tones: between their separate (but inseparable) voices, flawlessly intuitive performance, and sublime musical production. Their harmonies slide from brassy to silken with elegant ease, floating over muted rhythms wrapped in lush swells of synthesizers.
YOUNG was written by Overcoats and co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs) and experimental R&B artist Autre Ne Veut, with additional production from Myles Avery and mixing by Ben Baptie (Lapsley, Lianne La Havas, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson). Their palette is stealth and simple electronics, with traces of folk, pop, and bluegrass embedded within. Like a spectrum from Sylvan Esso to Simon & Garfunkel, Overcoats creates music deeply rooted in emotion, and guided by the search for its innate expression through voice and electronics. Songs that began as bedroom creations flourished into rich but restrained productions, with careful craft illuminating the nuance of Overcoats' unique songwriting.
On YOUNG, Overcoats creates music of mutual empowerment, at once synthetic andorganic, wistful and uplifting, triumphant and subdued. The Fog is a bay of lonesome, oscillating synth chords: its boundaries defined by the reflection of echoic finger snaps. Elion and Mitchell find clarity through a lovers' haze, their stoic verses liberated by resounding chorus: Freedom is when I'm without you / When the fog lifts I'm the only one I see. Leave The Light On layers looped and transposed vocals over thumping two-step 808 and punctuations of club-ready brass. Showing the true breadth of influence, songs like Little Memory and Smaller Than My Mother are laced with gospel and jazz, strands woven in with Vernhes' and Autre Ne Veut's natural touch.
YOUNG has a clear, vertical ambience that lets the topical vibration of the music shine through. This is the arrival of a magical collaboration: a rare unification of two hearts under one imagination. Elion and Mitchell are bound by absolute belief in one another, and the confidence that every creation is compelled by shared purpose. Like its arc of transformation, from Father to album closer Mother, Overcoats captures the notion that we are the intersections of our parents' greatest fantasies and biggest follies.
YOUNG is a startlingly wise portrayal of these complexities: of love, on inspiration, and the legacy of family.