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Veronica Fusaro – ‘Pluto’
I can’t decide if Veronica Fusaro’s vocal likeness to the rekindled Lorde is a bad thing but it makes for a flattering comparison as it’s no easy task writing great pop music with authenticity as Lorde does. ‘Pluto’ is some intro to a new artist who has been working with some top producers and was on Switzerland’s version of The Voice. It’s a confident single from the Swiss artist with modern pop and electronic R&B in its DNA.
Overcoats – ‘Leave A Light On’
It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts on April 21st, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony magic with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ adds some urgency to their craft that was missing through its beats and arrangements. It’s the closest these two will come to a banger.
Little Dragon – ‘Sweet’
Two for two from the new album from the Swedish electronic pop group. ‘High’ was a slow reintroduction but ‘Sweet’ has that Little Dragon wonky magic thing going on.
Soulwax – ‘Missing Wires’
From DeeWee, the Soulwax album recorded in one take will be out on March 24th and the Dewaele brothers have shared a second helping from it after ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’. ‘Missing Wires’ is a live playful tune that recalls Soulwax’s earlier guitar-free song-based work.
Here’s the personnel and gear list for the album:
Playing on this record are Stephen and David Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, Iggor Cavalera, Victoria Smith, Blake Davies and Laima Leyton. The instruments used are two Staccato drumkits, one clear crystalline Meazzi Wooding drumkit, one set of Rototoms, various Hofner bass guitars, a Macbeth M5n, an Oberheim Two-Voice Pro, a Two Thousand Six Hundred copy built by The Human Comparator, one Oberheim OB-Mx, an EMS Synthi AKS, an Arp Odyssey, a TB-303 clone, a Mellotron M4000D, a Sequential Prophet 6, a Waldorf Streichfett, a Burns Sonic guitar, a Vox Phantom guitar, one Syncussion clone built by Loudestwarning, various solid state Roland, Peavey and Acoustic amplifiers and a wide range of effects, all going through three Trident Fleximix consoles, straight into Pro Tools.
Forest Swords – ‘The Highest Flood’
Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes returns to his Forest Sword s project with ‘The Highest Flood’, a song that takes his MO of electronic ambient textures with beats and presents it in the most pristine way. It has an epic sweeping quality that is maybe informed by Barnes’ recent composition work for the Assassin’s Creed game. It’s out now on Ninja Tune and an album is coming.
Frank Ocean – ‘Chanel’
Surprise! Frank dropped his first it of new material since Blonde over the weekend and let’s be honest, any Frank Ocean is good Frank Ocean. After this and the Calvin Harris and Migos’ ‘Slide’, that’s two Frank Ocean tracks in a month.
Peaking Lights -‘Little Flower’ (feat Chloë Sevigny)
A companion piece to Chloë Sevigny’s spoken word appearance on Soulwax’s ‘Heaven Scent’, this is Peaking Lights’ version of the project that puts Prayer to Sainte Thérèse to music, which was also done by Johnny Jewel and JD Twitch among others.
Posted on March 13th, 2017
Since then, the former college roomies have been writing, recording and playing live, and now there is a debut album called Young to be released on Arts & Crafts label (home to Broken Social Scene among others) on April 21st.
‘Hold Me Close’ is the lead single from the album which features co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut. It’s a song that gets to the essence of their appeal, built on a close harmonic kinship and imaginative arrangements.
Overcoats are on a US tour in support of Tennis this Spring, with European tour dates coming soon.
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
Posted on January 25th, 2017
The New York folk pop duo Overcoats spent last summer in Dublin winning over a new audiences before moving on to London and doing the same there.
Now back in NYC, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have a new single ready for us. ‘Nighttime Hunger’ features the girls’ melodic sensibilities to the fore set to a percussive shaking beat and is concerned with “the fears that subside by day but emerge and consume us by night.”
Overcoats will be at SXSW next month along with the below dates.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
21st Feb – NPR Mountain Stage, West Virginia
3rd Mar – Fat Baby, New York City
12th Mar– C’mon Everybody, New York City
15-20th Mar – SXSW, Texas
25th Mar – Rockshop, New York City
Posted on February 17th, 2016
Another Love Story is a genuinely intimate festival put on by Homebeat and Happenings from August 21st to 23rd in the indoor spaces, ballroom, woods and parlour rooms of Killyon Manor, Kinnegad Co. Meath.
After announcing their lineup in May, with three weeks to go, they’ve unveiled some more names for the festival including:
New Jackson (Live), | Ben Bix & Feather | Overcoats | Sign A | Wounded Healer (Sorcha McGrath of Ships)| Kobina | Laura Ann Brady | Samyel | Taste Djs | Electric Foxx | Horn
Also happening on the grounds of the festival on Saturday afternoon, ‘The Lovely Lawn’ will become a grassy dancefloor for another session of our Vinyl Love series.
Visuals throughout the weekend will be provided by Le Tissier and there will be some talks including Clare Mulvanny (Trailblaze, Wanderlust) ’s Creative Islander series, listen to Ruairi McKiernan interview Manchan Mangan about his life on ‘A Road Less Travelled’ and further chats on food, adventure, music as well as readings and spoken word from the Nighthawks collective.
The Shift Shack will also be present for some dating mischief. ’Shiftin’ by day, dancing’ by night’ is the idea.
Tickets are €110 for weekend camping (before Aug 14th) and €130 (after Aug 14th)
Posted on July 30th, 2015
Overcoats are a talented New York duo currently living in Dublin for the summer who have made a small splash with their harmony-driven minimal ambient folk music with gigs at Ruby Sessions and Longitude. So far we’ve heard ‘The Fog’ and ‘Smaller Than My Mother’, both fine examples of JJ and Hana’s command of their style. Now, here’s ‘Little Memory’, shot in New York with friends and directed by Raphael Linden.
Photo by Lex Vøight
Posted on July 24th, 2015
Just this week, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell moved to Dublin for the summer, where they will be recording their debut album.
New song ‘Smaller Than My Mother’ pushes their sound further into looped vocal and beat territory, and I think it’s certainly the kind of song I’d like to hear live, something which is now a very achievable prospect.
Posted on July 1st, 2015
Overcoats are a New York-based duo who describe their music as “electro-folk-soul”, an accurate descriptor for their melodic ambient pop folk songs so far (that’s mine).
The two 21 year olds, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell, are moving to Dublin next month to write their full-length album, as they came here last year and enjoyed the music and the place. Check out their three tunes so far, from the downbeat reverb of ‘Little Memory’ to the harmonic folk feel of ‘Walk On’ to the soulful ‘The Fog’.
Overcoats – ‘The Fog’
Overcoats – ‘Little Memory’
Overcoats – ‘Walk On’
Posted on May 21st, 2015