Renegade indie-pop duo Overcoats brings audiences uplifting, dreamy tracks that revel in the catharsis of honest songwriting, swirling synthesizers and hypnotic melodies, as part of the third annual Oasis Festival—which will open with performances by local youth bands. Organized by the Convergence Project, Oasis Festival is designed, produced, promoted and fundraised by teenage volunteers with the purpose of building community, fostering creative spaces, and providing Santa Fe-based high school artists, musicians, dancers, writers, and entrepreneurs a place to celebrate their city.
Overcoats celebrate their vulnerability, finding strength in their raw, moving music. Comprised of Hanna Elion and JJ Mitchell, the twosome first crossed paths in 2011 at Wesleyan University where they discovered their mutually international upbringing and their shared love of diverse music. The pair’s emotional songwriting is marked by stylized electronic minimalism accentuated with rich vocal harmonies, underlined by driving basslines and traces of folk and bluegrass influences. Fans and critics have compared Overcoats’ sound to artists across the musical spectrum, from fellow folk-electronic group Sylvan Esso to acoustic storytelling icons Simon & Garfunkel. Overcoats are praised for their spellbinding live shows that highlight their dynamic instrumental production and lush vocal potency.
Overcoats’ debut album Young was lauded by NPR as “one of the best albums of 2017,” and landed them a rave review and an in-studio performance for Billboard. They have collaborated with artists such as producer Nicholas Vernhes (Daughter, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs) and experimental R&B artist Autre Ne Veut.