As civic harmony fades and the outlook feels dim, we can always rely on music to guide us, to understand us, and to empower us in ways we could never imagine.
We need look no further than two profoundly gifted women from New York City for this very direction.
With time to stew in lessons learned and ample space to craft a response to their awe-striking 2017 debut Young, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, as Overcoats, put up The Fight.
Produced by the immensely talented Justin Raisen and Yves Rothman, finding sanctuary in Loma Vista Recordings, the ten-track call-to-arms is deceptively edged and remarkably powerful. Overcoats’ unparalleled harmonies immerse themselves in electronic overtones skipping along a river of punk energy swirling with more-than-meets-the-eye musical brilliance I’ll just refer to as Overcoats songs. If you don’t quite understand what that means, now is the time to find out.
Where many may feel misunderstood or isolated in their individual fight, Overcoats delivers a banner for all to carry. The inspiring siren-esc draw is wrought with teeth and carries an enormous punch. They craft the album from the heart and explain “the idea you have to fight for who you are, what you want, and what you hope to see in the world became poignant for us. We realized the thing to do is not to wait for life to get easier but to start fighting harder.” Rather than going dark, Overcoats strike with force as we’ve seen in the lead up singles “Keep The Faith,” “Fire & Fury,” and the all-consuming “The Fool.” The Fight builds a raft in a maelstrom of uncertainty. Through ten tracks the album reaches out to us all, whatever your life may be and wherever you are, individually, and embraces us, letting us know we’re not alone and we need to fight for who we are.
What works so well for Overcoats in The Fight is an anthem that is not just doom-and-gloom/fight-or-else. It is a call-to-arms that is refreshing, empowering, and hopeful. While dissonance reigns, Overcoats’ powerful harmonies become the blade of which we can collectively grab the hilt and swing as if our lives depended on it. Overcoats is in it for The Fight.
Greg is a co-founder and regular contributor of Nanobot Rock