American indie-pop duo Bora York release their new single ‘Smoke’ via Anthem Falls Music. Mastered by Darren Vermaas (The National, Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend), the track features bassist Ian Allison (touring bassist for Eric Hutchinson, Jeremy Messersmith) and is lifted from their upcoming album Emotion Vertigo.
‘Smoke’ is based on the idea of moving forward, and Bora York endearingly explore the accompanying emotions through their idiosyncratic blend of up-tempo electro-pop. The track is an evocative composite of soulful melodies, driving beats and inspiring lyrics. This one should leave plenty of sweat and confetti on the dance floor.
Speaking of the track Chris and Rebekah note: “There’s nothing like the feeling of being free like a road trip, and that’s the setting with this song. “No more anthems, and no more embers, no more questions, till we live surrendered” - this encompasses the idea of leaving the past, or worries, or regrets, behind. The good, the bad, the doubts - leaving it all behind for something new, something fresh.
Chris and Rebekah Bartels are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The husband/wife duo met in their college years, were married in 2011, and played their first show as Bora York in 2012. Rebekah hails from a musical family, and Chris is a self-taught musician. “When I was 16, I was bored one summer day. My brother had been borrowing a guitar, hoping to learn himself. I grabbed that and started teaching myself, picking up Guitar for Dummies at the library. Not long after, I was printing off guitar tabs of all my favourite bands, and I started recording music on an old PC desktop with a terrible computer microphone. I never looked back - ever since then I’ve been writing and producing songs of all sorts of styles” he muses.