Minnesota Synth-Pop. - Listen to Bora York: Dry Land
posted 12 Apr 2019 by Krister Axel
Poignant and subtle, a bit like the nature of affection itself.

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Dry Land is a song about abuse, healing, and hope. This married indie-rock duo from the Midwest creates a soothing blend of vocal duet and 8th-note guitar drone, using a spacious and ambient approach to pop melody and a touch of electronic beat-making.

The washed-out production creates a powerful ending, as the sundry images and nuanced musicality are left to resonate in sympathy together. The synergy between vocal parts is clear, and from the intimations of solitude, as well as the outright love-speak, we are engaged by a push-pull of sweetness versus stoicism: a sort of half-light between love and life. The vibrancy that remains is poignant and subtle, a bit like the nature of affection itself.

Bora York is an indie synth-pop band from Minneapolis that just came off a 3-year hiatus. This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist