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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.

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).

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released April 21, 2017

All songs written by Hana Rose Elion, Justine Mitchell and Adley Arthur Atkin.

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Track Name: Father
My father understands the demons I wrestle with in my daydream
And knows what to say when they are winning
I go spinning, go mad screaming I don’t need your help
He knows that means I need it bad
Track Name: Smaller Than My Mother
He makes me smaller with every embrace that I ask for
Sit between the sheets of paper he writes on and I
I keep on shrinking and he stays the same
I keep on shrinking and he stays the same

Keeps every dollar he earns under his pillow while he sleeps
Fits me in the palm of his hand and I'm restless oh
I keep on shrinking and he stays the same
I keep on shrinking and he stays the same

He's gonna make me watch him leave
I've done all the things that he asked of me
He makes me fall makes me fall to my knees
Smaller than my mother, he looks down on me
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Used up all of my words, I can’t read him anymore
Track Name: 23
Honey you’re a full time job and I’m tired of rescuing you
Need you to be strong, no I can’t be the only one loving you
He won’t look at himself, in the morning in the mirror as he brushes his teeth
No he won’t look at me anymore, cause he knows who I expect him to be

Forever’s a long time when it doesn’t feel right
And being his wife’s like one long sleepless night
I’m exactly where I said I would be
With my man before 23
And the only truth that I can see
Is he’s the only one who knows how to love me
He’s the only one

Honey would you look what we’ve done
Dug our graves before we had any fun
Back and forth we fight
What difference does it make who’s right?
This is how we spend our days, looking for the love we misplaced
Looking at the choices we’ve made, and how with time they become our chains

Forever’s a long time when it doesn’t feel right
And being his wife’s like one long sleepless night
I’m exactly where I said I would be
With my man before 23
And the only truth that I can see
Is he’s the only one who knows how to love me
He’s the only one

Ah, ah, ah, ah
Track Name: Leave The Light On
Leave the light on for myself when I come home
Leave the light on for myself when I come home
Leave the light on for myself when I come home
For myself when I come home, for myself when I come home

Leave the light on for my, my, myself
Leave the light on for my, my, myself
You don’t know me a, a, at all
You don’t know me
Ah, ah, ah, ah

Leave the light on, leave the light on, leave the light on, leave the light on

I may break down if I let you look at me, I may break down if I let you look at me
Now you see me, now you don’t
Now you see me, now you don’t
Going going fast as I can, going going fast as I can
We don’t know what we are running from

What if I don’t make it home, you’re not there and the light’s not on?
What if I don’t make it home, you’re not there and the light’s not on?

Leave the light on, leave the light on, leave the light on, leave the light on
Track Name: Hold Me Close
His words don’t mean a thing, it shows right through his teeth
He walks the world like I should know what it means
He’s a man of armor, don’t blink no need to please
But he still looks to me to cuff his sleeves

So hold me close till the night turns grey
Different faces but the song’s the same
So hold me close till the night turns grey
Different faces but the song’s the same

He looks different now, he hides beneath his clothes
But he knows what he is wherever he goes
He’s a man of warnings, talks like I need to know
But he’ll always own the ground I walk alone

So hold me close till the night turns grey
Different faces but the song’s the same
So hold me close till the night turns grey
Different faces but the song’s the same

I’m not the one who’s been doing you wrong all this time
I’m not the one who’s been doing you wrong all this time

So hold me close till the night turns grey
Different faces but the song’s the same
So hold me close till the night turns grey
So hold me close till the night turns grey
Different faces but the song’s the same
So hold me close till the night turns grey
Track Name: The Fog
They don't they don't understand what I got
They watchin’ me but Ima do what I want

Freedom is when I'm without you
When the fog lifts, I'm the only one I see
Freedom is when I'm without you
when the fog lifts, I'm the only one I see
Oh I'm the only one I see

He yanks me like he can move me
Don't he think I have my own needs?
Use me up when he feels weak
Take my strength from me like a bad dream
Talks me down till I'm sitting silent
Wants me to ask before I speak
As I hold my tongue all I taste is his bitter greed
Bitter greed

Freedom is when I'm without you

Freedom is when I'm without you
When the fog lifts, I'm the only one I see
Freedom is when I'm without you
when the fog lifts, I'm the only one I see
Oh I'm the only one I see

They don't they don't understand what I got
They watchin’ me but Ima do what I want
Track Name: Walk On
I miss him more than I should, I miss him more than I should
Oh when I hear his name I go blind
Oh it happens all of the time
I just fall into darkness and there’s no more light

I’m supposed to leave him alone, I’m supposed to leave him alone
But I wanna walk in the room
Look in his eyes and tell him the truth
That I don’t think it’s supposed to feel like this

Walk on, I don’t wanna remember your name
Walk on, I don’t wanna remember your name

I wrote this down for you, I wrote this down for you
I hope it lets you rest your head, even though there are words left unsaid
Don’t you know that I loved every part of it?

I have to let you know, I have to let you know
That I used to walk on my own, now I’m scared of being alone
I begin to wonder is this worth fighting for?

Walk on, I don’t wanna remember your name
Walk on, I don’t wanna remember your name
Track Name: Little Memory
Saw you in my dream, it was late afternoon
I was just wandering through past lives lived with you
And I've been thinkin' bout
If I'll see you again

So pick me up don't run too fast
I promise I'll hold on till I'm the last one standing
Oh, down and down I'll go with you till all that's left is one
Little memory, mm

Do you dream of me?
Am I still running through your head?
Heard you're with some new girl, making memories
I'm laughing to myself
I lost it all again

So pick me up don't run too fast
I promise I'll hold on till I'm the last one standing
Oh, down and down I'll go with you till all that's left is one
Little memory, mm
So pick me up and you can run as fast as you want
And we'll get lost for the last time
When it's all done I'll let go, I just need one more little memory, mm
When it's all done I'll let go, I just need one more
Little memory, little memory
Track Name: Siren
I feel the weight of many worlds on my shoulders
Live the broken dreams of all the others
Please don’t pull me down I think I’m drowning
This is not my burden to carry

Girl, let him go, let him go
Wash away the dirt he covered you in
Girl, I should know, I should know
That when he sails away it’s for your own good

Oh when the sirens call, get ready for the fall
Oh when the sirens call, you’re gonna lose it all
Oh when the sirens call, oh when the sirens call

I feel the weight of many worlds on my shoulders
Lay your dreams and fragile things down on me
Please don’t pull me down I think I’m drowning
I can’t keep you safe when they come for me

Oh when the sirens call, get ready for the fall
Oh when the sirens call, you’re gonna lose it all
Oh when the sirens call, oh when the sirens call

Girl, let him go, let him go
Wash away the dirt he covered you in
Girl, I should know, I should know
That when he sails away it’s for your own good
Track Name: Nighttime Hunger
Nighttime hunger eats at me like I'm supposed to be alone
Wish that he could fill me up so that I could feel whole
Now there's something keeping me from falling asleep
Then each morning pulls me from the deep

When the darkness comes, w-w-w-when the darkness comes

Nighttime hunger and all the fears that it brings tend to fade in the light
In daytime I build a new me but still dread the night
I try to keep moving but I can't seem to chase my monsters away
When the darkness comes it takes everything from me

When the darkness comes, w-w-w-when the darkness comes
Track Name: Kai's Song
I’ve been feeling down, I’ve been feeling restless
I’ve been feeling tired of this life
You were made for me
But will you wait for me?
When the party’s over, will you take me home?

How did I lose myself and everyone around me?
But oh god, I have never felt alive like this

Staring at my face in the mirror, are you coming back to me?
Are you coming back to me?
Staring at my face in the mirror, are you coming back to me?
Are you coming back to me?

I been changing faster than the weather
You’re the only one who’d say a thing
But you been keeping your eyes to yourself
So don’t lie to me
I know you don’t like what you see
But I’m not going back to how I used to be

How did I lose myself and everyone around me?
But oh god, I have never felt alive like this

Staring at my face in the mirror, are you coming back to me?
Are you coming back to me?
Staring at my face in the mirror, are you coming back to me?
Are you coming back to me?
Staring at my face in the mirror, are you coming back to me?
Are you coming back to me?
Staring at my face in the mirror, are you coming back to me?
Are you coming back to me?
Track Name: Mother
Mama don’t you love him so?
Just wanna light the way wherever he goes
And kiss his forehead when he needs to know
He’ll have a home in you, you won’t be alone

Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm