About Bora York
Chris started writing and recording what would become 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 would soon bring along good friends Charlie Wirth (keys, percussion), Brian Seidel (vocals, guitar), 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 live band.
The album was composed and recorded amidst daily routine and humble Minnesota life for the married couple and band, mainly either at their apartment or in Chris’ old bedroom at his parents’ house. Dreaming Free was released independently through Chris’ own label, Anthem Falls Music, on March 22, 2013.
Each track of Dreaming Free 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.”