REVIEWS FOR FALL ARE IN!
"Fall is big music with an intimate heart, and Overlake will give you the contemplative ride you've been looking for with this splendid album." — AllMusic
"Overlake's approach to dream-pop keeps the genre grounded in a way other bands often forget. Instead of getting too trapped in their effects pedals and airy sounds, the band pays attention to building a solid foundation. The ensuing catchiness would work in any tuning under any effect, but it definitely sounds delicious the way they deliver it. It's an infectious track that'll make you grin with glee." — CLRVYNT
"While definitely lovers of ’90s shoegaze and indie rock (from MBV to GBV), they aren’t beholden to a particular style or sound, having pretty much figured out their own path from the get-go. “Winter is Why” from the new LP is a good example: hooky, harmony-filled and voluminous while dodging specific reference points." — Brooklyn Vegan
"Together, Overlake and [producer, Tom] Beaujour managed to create another great record that plays almost like a film soundtrack ... There are moments that are grey and cold interspersed with colorful fireworks displays. Spend some time with Fall and see what movies it helps you create in your mind. — CoolDad Music
June 19, 2015
NJ.com announces the weekend stream of our upcoming 7".
December 11, 2014
Culture Collide premiers ""Our Sky" music video along with our guide to Jersey City.
August 20, 2014
United by Rocket Science interviews Tom!
"Overlake's highly anticipated debut LP "Sighs" has been one of 2014's most treasured and praised releases. The band, featuring Tom Barrett (guitar/vocals), Lysa Opfer (bass/vocals) and Scotty Imp (drums), formed in Jersey City, NJ in early 2012, and since forming they've built a loyal and growing fan base through intimate gatherings at local clubs and watering holes. As the trio returned from touring, I decided to reach out to Tom to talk about the band, their tour and their very impressive debut Lp "Sighs".
June 12, 2014
May 2, 2014
Our pal Michael Venutolo-Mantovani interviews us for The Digest, where we discuss the new record, the recording process, and Hudson County.
April 10, 2014
The Fader premiers Sighs and gives us a nice review to boot:
"There is a comforting lethargy to Tom Barrett and Lysa Offer’s [sic] vocals on Overlake‘s debut album, born out of a by-the-hour studio in Jersey City, New Jersey, where its creators reside. The New Jersey pedigree, elemental melodies and laidback sadness make Yo La Tengo comparisons pretty inevitable, though of course, making music that sounds like ’80s and ’90s college radio rock is a wholly different gesture now than it was back then. Deep nostalgia aside, Sighs is just a very pretty collection of songs, especially in the moments where the guitars are bending."
April 9, 2014
The Aquarian Weekly serves up a very great review of Sighs. Here's an excerpt:
"Sighs is airy and calming, but has a dark charm to it that is consistent throughout the record" ... "Sighs flows together flawlessly and is beautifully mixed, keeping up with the overall chilling theme of the disc. The time Overlake poured into creating their inaugural album does not go unnoticed, and it’ll be exciting to see what they produce next."
April 7, 2014
Ghettoblaster interviews Tom and Lysa in "From the Horse's Mouth."
April 4, 2014
Brooklyn Vegan debuts "Our Sky" and has some nice things to say about Sighs:
"Jersey City residents Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer met while playing in other bands and bonded over a shared love of '90s bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration and Overlake were born. The duo's debut album, Sighs, is out April 15 via Killing Horse Records. While the influences are apparent, Barrett and Opfer take a different path with them, and their vocal interplay really makes things appealing. Sighs is a warm and fuzzy treat. (Like an autumn sweater? Perhaps.)"
March 11, 2014
The Fire Note reviews Sighs.
Dagger reviews Sighs.
"Debut record by Jersey City’s Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer who’ve created a mini masterpiece here of hazy and melody. Professing a love of MBV, Sonic Youth and Pavement (they they’ve got good taste) they’ve whipped up 9 songs, each with a different personality. My two favorites include the mossy “Back to the Water” and the zippier “Fell Too Far. “ Dive in, water’s fine."
February 27, 2014
Midwest Record reviews Sighs.
"OVERLAKE/Sighs: This pair of Jersey kids might love alt.80s/90s rock, but they open their debut showcase with a clear cut Velvet Underground homage and skewing toward the scary folky side of alt.anything. For all the people that talk the talk, this pair does a great job of walking the walk. You can't go wrong appealing the young and malcontented."
February 19, 2014
My Old Kentucky Blog premiered our first single, "Disappearing." Check it out!
"... their influences clearly have [stuck], listing Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, and Pavement as their chief inspirations. Those first two, specifically MBV, are heard loud and clear in the shoegazey “Disappearing.” The burst of guitars at the chorus and hazey vocals of the cut would have fit quite nicely on Loveless and does this without sounding derivative of the era."