While they live in a land famous for frigid weather, husband-and-wife-fronted Bora York’s music is undoubtedly summer-esque.

With songs written and produced by husband and wife Rebekah and Chris Bartels in Minneapolis, several early demos were intended to compile a folk album as Chris’ senior project for music college, but somewhere along the way, synths were experimented with, ambient textures were filled out, and the acoustic intentions were left behind for a full-on chillwave sound.

Debut album Dreaming Free was born.

The first single after Dreaming Free was "Let Loose," and took their sound to a new direction - tighter, funkier, and dancier, all while maintaining the ethereal dream-pop feel of the first album. It served as the birth of a second album, Secret Youth, which was released by Bartels’ Anthem Falls Music in 2015.

Chris Bartels also writes and releases music as Elskavon and Hi-Fi Cali.


"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


Interview Magazine  |  The Current from Minnesota Public Radio  |  City Pages


Bora York's music is available for license.  Past placements and clients include Mr. Robot, The Middle, Criminal Minds, American Idol, Target, Subaru, KIA, Buick, Facebook, and more. Visit for more details and to obtain a license.