Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell aren't lovers or sisters, but the chemistry between the duo behind the band Overcoats is palpable. It's the kind of synchronicity that prompts the two to finish one another's sentences and dress in coordinating-but-not-identical outfits, but it's perhaps most potent in the way their voices fit together in the tight harmonies woven throughout their music. And with co-signs from Maggie Rogers, Tennis and Mitski, plus a first album produced by Nicolas Vernhes of Dirty Projectors and The War on Drugs fame, it's a connection that seems to be working out well for the duo.
Elion and Mitchell started making music together in college, and the result was a genre-defying fusion of electronic pop beats with folk- and bluegrass-informed vocals. The vulnerability of sharing personal stories about heartbreak, family and loss in their lyrics is part of what helped the two land on the name Overcoats, which references clothing that the two see as a kind of shield.