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Thursday
14
JUN

Sh*tty Barn Session 186: Overcoats // Seasaw

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Sh*tty Barn Session 186: Overcoats // Seasaw
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Doors at 6:00PM // Music at 7:00PM

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Overcoats
http://www.overcoatsmusic.com/
https://twitter.com/thisisovercoats
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Seasaw
https://www.singseasaw.com/
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Overcoats is the New York-based female duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their debut album YOUNG captures a sound rich in minimalism and melody: songs of connection and tension, on the depths of love and challenges of family.

Overcoats music draws strength from vulnerability, finding light through darkness, and the catharsis of simple, honest songwriting. YOUNG is about a transformation: the passage into womanhood, sung through the shared experience of two best friends.

On their first single "Hold Me Close," Hana and JJs 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. Its 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 and organic, 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 Im without you / When the fog lifts Im 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 Veuts 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.

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Seasaw is Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz, who are the sea and saw respectively. Fate and a small-town restaurant in Freeport, IL brought them together for the first time in 2010. Seasaw collaborated through four years of long-distance until the summer of 2015, when Eve joined Meg in their current residence of Madison, WI. Seasaw has since grown their powerful and charismatic sound in a way that can only be accomplished when best friends are living and creating within blocks of each other.

Keeping their folk roots in the back of their mind, the eleven songs on Seasaw's newest album 'Too Much of a Good Thing' venture head-first into the pop and indie-rock realm. The duo has transformed into a combination of commanding instrumentation, intricate harmonies, and refreshing wit that is uniquely Seasaw. Using the metaphor of a sunburn, 'Too Much of a Good Thing' is an exploration of metamorphosis - each song a new stage, insight, and conversation about the shared experience of any relationship. The album listens much like a mix-tape; all of the songs complimenting one another while elaborating further on the thesis of change. As a listener, you relate to the peaks and valleys of human interaction; the elation (suntan), the pain (sunburn), and finally, an acceptance (new skin).

Seasaw has had the honor of performing alongside: Shakey Graves, Lucius, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, You Won't, Lissie, Mason Jennings, SOAK, Run River North, Dead Horses and many others.

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