Ctrl+ALT+Del Pick of the Week: Overcoats - "The Fool"

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September 30, 2019

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This week’s Ctrl+ALT+Del Pick of the Week is Overcoats with "The Fool."

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About Overcoats:

Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo Overcoats return with a new single and music video entitled “The Fool.” It heralds the upcoming release of the group’s second full-length and first for Loma Vista Recordings.

On the track, a barrage of neon synths, disco beats, and electric bass tosses and turns beneath punk-y gang vocal chants. Meanwhile, the D.I.Y. music video builds up to a telling reveal. Shot at home, it depicts the group—Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell—making a statement by shaving their heads on-camera and igniting the next phase of their career with fearless honesty.

“We wrote it based on ‘The Fool’ tarot card,” says JJ. “It signifies taking a leap of faith and jumping into the unknown. Conceptually, it felt like the beginning of the project. We wiped the slate clean and decided to jump. That’s why the video includes the footage of us shaving our heads. We’re ‘The Fool’, and we’re taking our leap.”

“It’s an empowering message,” continues Hana. “I don’t need to be defined by the opinions of others or go with the status quo; I can fucking be myself.”

Overcoats fight by bucking trends, overturning expectations, and cranking out sticky sweet pop subversion tightened up to Swedish standards under a Seattle grunge haze—all born out of a D.I.Y. Brooklyn “laboratory.” Since forming in a Wesleyan dorm room during 2015, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell quietly molded provocative pop into power. Their full-length debut Young stood out as “one of the Top 5 bestselling albums from a debut artist on an independent label in 2017,” bowed at #4 on the Alternative New Albums Chart, and landed at #12 on the Heatseekers Chart. Not to mention, they generated 50 million-plus streams, sold 30K albums, and regularly averaged 1 million-plus listeners on Spotify. Billboard touted Young among “The Best Albums of 2017 – Critics Pick,” and NPR Music named it the “#4 Album of 2017” in addition to praise from New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Additionally, they toured alongside Mitski, Tennis, Rhye, Matt Corby, and Joseph.