There’s always something that amuses about husband-wife type acts. They manage to create great music for sure – Tennis and The Civil Wars (RIP) can vouch for that – but there’s always something in the back of our heads that makes us wonder whether each track is bracketed by an argument about who needs to take the bins out.
That sort of discord certainly doesn’t pop up on Minnesotan act Bora York and their second album Secret Youth. In fact, Chris and Rebekah Bartels start with quite the statement on Arrest Me, a piece of synth-pop crystallised to perfection. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a chorus that massive all year.
While they consistently nail that St Lucia vibe, admittedly that opening track sets a standard that the band never quite match throughout. They do come close on songs like Let Loose and the title track, but there’s ultimately a (very pleasant) tick-box approach that doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the genre. Still, what they do is rather enjoyable, and Secret Youth is worth seeking out – if not for the pristine and nostalgic pop jams, then at the very least as the strongest endorsement for matrimonial harmony since Kimye.
Secret Youth by Bora York can be ordered here.