Bora York

Bora YorkWhile 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 Freeis “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.