Minnesota native Chris Bartels’ musical obsessions are varied, plentiful, and often. From the synth-driven dream pop of Bora York, the oceanic sounds of ambient project Elskavon, to the raw minimalism of Blurstem, there’s always another string of albums in the works.
Myths and Mold is his second solo release, and delves into unique song structures previously unexplored by his former projects. There was no initial direction Bartels had in mind when he first started writing what would become “Missoula,” the first single. It was simply an escape from the task of songwriting the highly produced sound of a sophomore Bora York album. Layers of drums and percussion, heavy emphasis on room microphones, different feels of guitar, and even more layers of vocals, including lower registers than before laid the groundwork for the EP.