ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
BORA YORK (CANCELED)
SYVERS and JILLIAN RAE
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Bora York is Minneapolis-based husband-and-wife duo Chris and Rebekah Bartels. Their 2013 debut album Dreaming Free was birthed as a music school senior project for Chris, and initially intended as a folk album. In the midst of writing, he started experimenting non-stop with synths and ambient textures, and folk was ditched for a full-on synth pop sound.
A year later, their follow-up single “Let Loose” introduced a funkier side, garnering praise from the music blogosphere, with Neon Gold raving, “summertime radness coming in hot today,” and Indie Shuffle saying they had it “on constant replay throughout the weekend.” The single was part of Secret Youth – their tighter, more dance-driven sophomore effort in 2015.
A slow but steady process, and in the midst of raising three boys under the age of six, Chris and Rebekah compiled nearly 70 demos in the years that followed, a handful of which make up their third album, Emotion Vertigo. While certainly borrowing personalities from their first two albums, such as the washy dream-pop sound of the debut, the danceability of Secret Youth, and catchy choruses of both albums, this effort delves into deeper, more experimental and unique sounds. The album was recorded at their Minneapolis home studio, and was released independently through his own Anthem Falls Music in November 2019.
The four and half years of writing the album were far from a smooth process, especially for Chris, Bora York’s most involved songwriter and producer. In a seemingly endless creative funk, he considered the idea of calling it quits on the project entirely. There was a turning point when he stepped back and realized he had let his worries and insecurities of what Bora York “should or shouldn’t look like.” This process of ups and downs led to the creation of a collection of songs spanning an entire spectrum of emotion, thus giving the album title, Emotion Vertigo, its place. It was a passionate step back to what it’s all about – the music.
Atmosphere begets the spark, and in turn, the hours of exploration feed a feeling often of ritual progressions. Twisting knobs expands a source into a choice. Stream of consciousness draws the heart where the mind would not allow. The co-fronted project isn't so much focused on the result, but how it flickers as it forms. With a sound branded as ghost-pop, the husband-wife duo sketch textures built around a minimalist post-rock and the organic-electronic blend of modern indie atmosphere.
Delayed-soaked guitars support cinematic lifts and carry bouts of questioning, bearing the strain to see the bigger picture.
—It's often a belief we're most
unaware of carrying that will surface
in a space of unfiltered expression—
This current drives Syvers back into the process finding new meaning from invention and past conclusion. Each song a still-frame in the ever-deepening course of experience.
Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment.
Like many of Minnesota's finest musicians, Jillian Rae grew up in the north, on the Iron Range - an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues. Growing up in a music-loving household, Jillian was hooked early when she began taking violin lessons at age 7. From there, she began to sing, dance, perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since.
The ultimate reward for her years of musical passion and pursuit is the ability to give back. After years of study, performing and teaching, Jillian opened a music school, The Music Lab, in 2011 with her pal and fellow musician, Josie Just. Located in Minneapolis' Nokomis neighborhood, The Music Lab is Jillian's vehicle for passing on all she has learned - actively teaching voice, violin and viola to youth and adults, with (of course) an emphasis on performance.
Jillian has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible - on stage, in the studio, or both. Currently, when she isn't performing with her own band, you can still catch her playing fiddle and singing with a number of bands around the Twin Cities: Corpse Reviver (Early American Folk, Bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (Folk Revisionist), Ilika Ward & the Moonlight Riders (Acoustic Americana), The Fiddle Heirs (5 fiddles and a bass), and Adam Levy's (The Honeydogs) solo project.
In her spare time, Jillian occasionally tours with the Grammy Award winning Okee Dokee Brothers, lending her fiddle to their family-oriented folk/bluegrass performances.