"Dreaming Free, a debut album that deserves to be a breakout..."
- Blackbook Magazine
"...the upbeat tempos and thoughtful lyrics that weave in and out of the record are a testament to the environment it was created in—there's a love story hidden in there somewhere."
- Interview Magazine
" Bora York is ridiculously promising for being so early in their career."
- The Current
Bora York is a five-piece band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. While the band lives in a land famous for frigid weather, their music is undoubtedly summer-esque. Their first new song since debut album Dreaming Free is called "Let Loose," and takes their sound to a new direction - tighter, funkier, and dancier, all while maintaining the ethereal dream-pop feel of the first album.
Recorded almost entirely in Chris and Rebekah Bartels' humble 2-bedroom apartment, not to mention with the company of a newborn baby, Bora York is all about working with what you've got. While this lends to an organic feel, the polished production is still undeniably impressive.
Chris started writing and recording what would become debut album Dreaming Free as a follow-up to his former indie-folk release, but the direction of the project took a gradual, yet dramatic turn. He was continually expanding on the instrumentation and stylistic layers that were, for him, the most engaging and exciting at the time. Sometimes willingly and sometimes reluctantly, he kept redefining the sound and feel that would become Bora York, abandoning the acoustic-driven folk for a more vastly layered, synth and electric guitar-driven dream pop style.
Whereas Chris’ past folk project was a truly introverted process - writing, recording, and releasing everything almost entirely himself - he wanted Bora York to be a much more collaborative effort. From the start, he knew his wife Rebekah would be play a key role. Her strong voice and memorable melodies quickly became a signature part of Bora York’s sound. Chris and Rebekah would soon bring along good friends, Brian Seidel (vocals, guitar, keys), Bjorn Nilsen (drums), and Jamie Kauppi (bass). Each recorded parts and had creative input on the album as well, and have become essential to the band.
Since releasing Dreaming Free and playing out fairly consistently, Bartels and crew took what was fun with live shows and start writing new songs with this in mind. A sophomore release is set for fall 2014.
Each Bora York song gives the impression that Chris Bartels is drawing from memories of his past, and yet those memories feel strikingly familiar, as if from a shared past that every person has experienced at some point in their life. As the powerfully-simple words of the album’s title track suggest, Chris, Rebekah, and crew are perfectly content creating the spirit of their music in the blissful sleep of reminiscence - “Don’t wake me, I’m dreaming free.”
“Meet Bora York. The Minneapolis husband-wife duo are set to break out of the Midwest with their enchanting dream-pop in 2013.” - All Things Go
“Bora York’s tunes are headphone magic.” - Mostly Junk Food
"Bora York is quickly emerging as a force to reckon with in the dream-pop arena." - 1146 Miles
“Bora York is ridiculously promising for being so early in their career. You know when you hear something and you have that “Ah-ha!” moment? It seems that a lot of people are having the same reaction to the band’s debut single, Close Your Eyes…. I’m excited to see the reaction from the community when this record drops. It’s pure, no-frills dream-pop.” - The Current from Minnesota Public Radio
"I really like Bora York's sound... for fans of MGMT." - Bill Werde, Editor at Billboard
"It’s quite obvious that they’ve tapped into something magical on their newest musical adventure.... Perhaps it’s too soon to label this as the official jam of the summer of 2013, yet given the impact it’s had on my life the past few weeks I have no hesitation in making this bold declaration. - Stereo/Pirate
Stereo/Pirate - Album of the Week /// 1146 Miles /// The Aural Premonition /// Storychord /// Fun to Funky /// Skeletory /// Just Because /// Winnie Cooper /// Because Music Can Get You Pregnant /// Music Is Golden /// MN Music Junkie /// Defy The Gray: 2013 In Sound /// M Music Magazine
LICENSING AND PLACEMENTS
Bora York's music is available for license. Past placements and clients include ABC, MTV, Oxygen, Buick, GMC, Citibank, Leaf TV, Michael Kors, and more. Visit anthemfallsmusic.com/reel to see Chris Bartels' composing work and for more information on licensing.