The Future Looks Bright
After seeing Overcoats for the first time on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert, I instantly fell in love. Their debut album Young IS one of the best albums to come out of 2017!
Right from the start, the opening track “Father” brings the listener right into the arms of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell‘s to share their worries, pains, and highs of life. Young is a record that any generation can relate to and identifies the struggles of being, well…young.
Being young is painful and stupid decisions are made. For example, the track “Little Memory” creates a melancholic atmosphere of heartbreak and losing someone when you just aren’t ready for it. “23” reflects on rushing into a relationship where neither party prepared so before the couple could bask in their romance, it’s already dead and buried.
If I have one complaint, it’s that the song “Cherry Wine” was not included on the record. Being one of my favorite songs they released (although originally recorded by Hozier), I was anticipating to hear it in an all new line up of music. Alas, it simply was not meant to be.
With the album both opening and closing with the tracks “Father” and “Mother“, it reminds the listener that after all of this heartbreak and all of these emotional decisions that parents (whether it be paternal or adopted) are there to support and remind us that the world isn’t that bad. After all, they were young and stupid once.
You can take a look at Overcoats tour dates and album info here. Don’t forget to take a look at their recent performance on Audiotree Live as well!