Today NYC’s Overcoats – the captivating duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell – release their first official video for the brilliant single ‘Leave The Light On’, from their debut albumYOUNG – out now on Create/Control records.
The video was premiered by taste-makers Noisey and features Overcoats members Elion and Mitchell, along with dancers Quentin Stuckey and Martell Ruffin in the beautifully choreographed video that visually explores the interplay between darkness and light.
The clip’s concept was formulated by Overcoats, along with filmmaker Matt Hixon and directed by another creative duo in Charlotte Hornsby and Jesse Ruuttila, and was filmed on Rockaway Beach in New York City.
Speaking about the video, the duo says that it was important for the visuals to reflect the messages contained within the single. “For us, ‘Leave The Light On’ is about self-reliance and practicing independence, even when you don’t feel like you’re ready for it. It’s about growing up and being strong. We are wearing these big suits that we’re drowning in to kind of symbolise that, the effort to be older and put together and in control, even when you feel too young or weak or small. There’s also an element of the lighting that’s important – “leave the light on for myself when I come home” is about creating your OWN light and taking charge of your life. The fact that the video is shot in the dark and the light sort of emerges by the end of the video is meant to reflect that process, of creating your own light.”
Co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut, YOUNG is a story about growing up told through the lens of two women who are wise beyond their years.
Hana and JJ started Overcoats while they were college roommates and they co-wrote all 12 songs on YOUNG. The two were drawn to each other when they first met as teenagers in 2011, finding connection in a love of diverse musical styles, and forging a closeness that verges on sisterhood. Both members of Overcoats describe the first time hearing each other sing as an epiphany: the harmony of their voices leading to personal, individual discovery.
The music of YOUNG has already earned high praise from influential music sites like Gorilla vs. Bear, Pigeons & Planes, and The Line Of Best Fit to name just a few. And that praise has been as much for the music as it has been for the unique dynamic Overcoats share on stage – with their live shows at SXSW and their recent run supporting Maggie Rogers on tour in the US praised for being charming and a joyous showcase of their obvious talent. Nowhere has that been more beautifully captured than in their recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance.