"It's soulfully crafted, funk-inspired, and an absolute blast to groove to."
- The Music Ninja
While they live in a land famous for frigid weather, husband-and-wife-fronted five-piece Bora York’s music is undoubtedly summer-esque. Their first new song since debut album Dreaming Free is "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. Creating a stir in their hometown of Minneapolis and online, it served as the birth of a second album, Secret Youth, that was written by frontman Chris Bartels from a different perspective - through the lens of what had been exciting from their live shows.
"The Way You Groove" and "Arrest Me" further expand on the climate of Secret Youth's first single, melding the danceability of "Let Loose" with fresh layers of vintage synths and memorable falsetto hooks. While the influence of a variety of 80's synth pop is clear throughout, it's the full-on funk breakdown halfway through "Arrest Me" that points to the influence of the classic Minneapolis funk sound.
Recording a large amount of their songs in Chris and Rebekah Bartels' humble 2-bedroom apartment, not to mention with the company of their newborn son, 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. Brian Seidel (vocals, guitar, keys), Bjorn Nilsen (drums), and Jamie) Kauppi (bass) join Chris and Rebekah to complete the outfit, and have helped shape the sound of both albums, and also in creating an exciting live experience. The entire production and release process was done independently through Chris’ own Anthem Falls Music, releasing July 21, 2015.
Each Bora York song gives the impression that Chris 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. Secret Youth is a danceable ode to young love, perseverance, and nostalgia.
P R E S S
"Summertime radness" - Neon Gold Records
"It's impossible not to get swept up in the excitement." - Indie Shuffle
"Quickly escalating into a full on good time, The Way You Groove is a breakout party for Bora York." - Earmilk
"Something we can all get behind." - All Things Go
"Soulfully crafted, funk-inspired, and an absolute blast to groove to." - The Music Ninja
"There's nothing you won't love about Bora York." - Drunken Werewolf
“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
"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
Kick Kick Snare /// Blahblahblah Science /// Oblivious Pop /// The Metaphorical Boat /// Right Chord Music /// I Heart Moosiq /// Press Play Ok /// Blushing Panda /// JayeL Audio /// Static Multimedia /// Made of Chalk /// The Most Definitely /// Let Your Ears Decide /// Alfitude /// Stereo/Pirate - Album of the Week /// 1146 Miles /// The Aural Premonition /// Storychord
L I C E N S I N G A N D P L A C E M E N T S
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.
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