Dreaming Free

Bora York

Don't wake me, I'm dreaming free

Dreaming Free started as a school project for me. I had never written a full-length album to that point, and had never undertaken a project even close to this magnitude. At the time, I thought it would be a follow-up to my solo folk EP. But, then I started playing with synths. And writing vocals with my wife Rebekah. And recording more with our drummer. The entire dynamic and style changed drastically, but I think that initial folk element of personal storytelling and song forms still stuck around.

We played shows. Lots of shows. We wrote a lot. I recorded and mixed demos and fleshed out songs constantly, often until the early hours of the morning. We released some singles, and all got together as a band with a bunch of our friends to listen to a song of ours play on the radio for the first time ever. I turned in the school project and graduated. But at that point, a good grade on a senior project was not what I was after. I wanted to finish this album, and for it to be the best version of itself it could possibly be.

After close to two years, I sat down by myself in the studio with the recently mastered audio files. I still remember this moment. I hit play and sat back. At first, I had feelings of anticipation, and excitement. I thought I would listen and take notes of feedback for the mastering engineer. But instead, all of a sudden, there were tears. Listening to the final recordings, it sunk in the for the first time… it was done. This two-year project that consumed my entire creative heart was finished, and was about to be let out into the world.

Only songwriters and producers truly know how much blood, sweat, and tears go into creating an entire album. But the special thing is that those albums can still mean so much to anyone else around the world who listens and is impacted in some way by it. As a music fan myself, I have a short list of albums by other musicians that have been incredibly meaningful for me at some point in my life.

When you’re in the moment of creating something, you don’t always step back to see the bigger picture. But in hindsight, we get to see the impact a creative pursuit had on us. For me personally, I think that Dreaming Free will go down as one of the most meaningful creative endeavors of my life. It changed the way I write, record, and even dream about future endeavors.

We’re in the midst of writing our third album now, and continually trying to stretch ourselves creatively, all the while still holding on to those roots that were so meaningful to us back in 2011 and 2012.

Whether Dreaming Free was meaningful for you at some point, or you’re hearing of Bora York for the first time, we are beyond grateful for you and your support. We love you all. Now, back to writing!

-Chris

Dreaming Free started as a school project for me. I had never written a full-length album to that point, and had never undertaken a project even close to this magnitude. At the time, I thought it would be a follow-up to my solo folk EP. But, then I started playing with synths. And writing vocals with my wife Rebekah. And recording more with our drummer. The entire dynamic and style changed drastically, but I think that initial folk element of personal storytelling and song forms still stuck around.

We played shows. Lots of shows. We wrote a lot. I recorded and mixed demos and fleshed out songs constantly, often until the early hours of the morning. We released some singles, and all got together as a band with a bunch of our friends to listen to a song of ours play on the radio for the first time ever. I turned in the school project and graduated. But at that point, a good grade on a senior project was not what I was after. I wanted to finish this album, and for it to be the best version of itself it could possibly be.

After close to two years, I sat down by myself in the studio with the recently mastered audio files. I still remember this moment. I hit play and sat back. At first, I had feelings of anticipation, and excitement. I thought I would listen and take notes of feedback for the mastering engineer. But instead, all of a sudden, there were tears. Listening to the final recordings, it sunk in the for the first time… it was done. This two-year project that consumed my entire creative heart was finished, and was about to be let out into the world.

Only songwriters and producers truly know how much blood, sweat, and tears go into creating an entire album. But the special thing is that those albums can still mean so much to anyone else around the world who listens and is impacted in some way by it. As a music fan myself, I have a short list of albums by other musicians that have been incredibly meaningful for me at some point in my life.

When you’re in the moment of creating something, you don’t always step back to see the bigger picture. But in hindsight, we get to see the impact a creative pursuit had on us. For me personally, I think that Dreaming Free will go down as one of the most meaningful creative endeavors of my life. It changed the way I write, record, and even dream about future endeavors.

We’re in the midst of writing our third album now, and continually trying to stretch ourselves creatively, all the while still holding on to those roots that were so meaningful to us back in 2011 and 2012.

Whether Dreaming Free was meaningful for you at some point, or you’re hearing of Bora York for the first time, we are beyond grateful for you and your support. We love you all. Now, back to writing!

-Chris

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Bora York
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Crowdfunding

61/100
8 days left
Format
12” Black vinyl (33 rpm)

Caution: Vinyl mockups and specs may differ from the final product. Qrates is not responsible if the final product does not mach expectations.
Digital download bonus
This project has no digital download bonus.
Crowdfunding project
This funding project accepts orders during its project period and you will be charged once the project succeeds. The project period may be shortened or extended depending on the situation.
Project duration
Mar 21 2019 ~ May 1 2019 23:00 UTC
Estimated shipping date
Your record will be shipped in 8~10 weeks normally after the funding has succeeded
* Please be aware that the schedule may change depending on the pressing process with the artist and the plant/depending on the situation.
Shipping
From Michigan/US to United States

With tracking : $ 6.00~+ $ 1.15 per each additional copies

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.

After 3 years, husband-and-wife duo Bora York return with a new single in 2018. “Glowing” is a summer love anthem; an unapologetic pop experiment.
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.

After 3 years, husband-and-wife duo Bora York return with a new single in 2018. “Glowing” is a summer love anthem; an unapologetic pop experiment.

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