Ora Cogan's versatile, haunted voice opens up a mystical reality; hallowed, forlorn and full of promise. She combines the intricate guitar picking of Americana with grunge and psychedelic dreamscapes, drawing comparisons to 70’s folk legend Karen Dalton and Angel Olsen. Based out of Vancouver BC, Cogan has shared the stage with the likes of Grouper & Hope Sandoval while touring extensively in North America, Europe and the UK.
Her new offering Crickets comes out in October 2017. Co-produced with Tom Deis (Uni Ika Ai) in Philadelphia, Crickets inhabits a place between psychedelic folk, dark wave ambient and experimental dream pop. The album features percussionist Dani Markham (TuneYards, Childish Gambino), violinist Russel Kotcher (Chamber Orchestra of NY), and background vocalist Maia Friedman (Uni Ika Ai).
Cogan has been a part of Vancouver’s eclectic music scene since she was a teen. She has collaborated with a multitude of artists including Skeena Reece, Daniel Lercher, MAG, Marcos Junquera and Frazey Ford.
Over the last ten years, Cogan has performed at internationally acclaimed festivals such as Vancouver Folk Festival, SXSW, Serralves Festival in Portugal and Torstraßen Festival in Berlin.
Cogan's forthcoming LP 'Crickets' is set to release later this year, and she's currently touring with her band - Check out her newly added Spring tour dates throughout the U.S. and Canada!
Gorilla Vs. Bear Premiere of Ora's lead single The Light, one of "a handful of darkly beautiful and poignant songs"
from the new album.
She Shreds Premiere of Crickets the Title track of Ora's new album.
"Multi-instrumentalist Ora Cogan makes gorgeous experimental folk compositions laced with hints of psychedelia, chamber pop, and rock." - She Shreds
"Last month Cogan debuted “The Light,” the first single from her forthcoming release Crickets. It’s notably more up-tempo than her previous work, with heavy synth and multi-layered percussion weaving complex melodies like a spider tending to its web." - Portland Mercury
"Cogan debuted a handful of darkly beautiful and poignant songs from her forthcoming album Crickets, a profoundly moving collection of visceral haunted psych-folk elegies, recorded very recently (just last month) in Philly with Tom Deis of uni ika ai. She was hands down my favorite new discovery of the fest, so it goes without saying that we're honored to premiere one of those new tracks here today." - Gorilla vs Bear
"The inimitable Ora Cogan brings her beautiful prose to life with vocals that have just a touch of jazz. The music itself has a captivating dark groove to it." - Ride the Tempo
She and her backing band performing playfully but thoughtfully, with skill and grace. - Drowned in Sound
See at least one of her performances. Better yet, catch them all. She's that good. - The Times Colonist
“A martial beat opens the track and provides the drive that suspends the music a few feet above our heads. The foggy guitar rhythms pour down like rain and infiltrate the dark recesses of our minds, the places where memory and self twist around one another to substantial effect. The track acts as a way of looking deeper into ourselves, and, as a result, we peer longer into both the nuance and theatricality of the world around us.” - Nooga
"This artist has an extremely unique voice that soothes as it provides a soundtrack for adventure." - CMJ
“Cogan’s drawl evokes the tone of Karen Dalton and the technique of John Martyn.” - The Wire
"This gorgeous woman opened one of our West Coast shows. This is a great record, so glad she found us." - Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions via Brooklyn Vegan
“Cogan has managed to put her musical finger onto something strange and surreal.” - The Vancouver Sun
“Local songstress steps up to the big leagues with a stunning album of textured, hazey folk, perfect for cold Vancouver nights.” – Scout Magazine
“Time apart from reality is hard to come by.
However, if you manage, separating one’s self from the rush of worldwide goings on can yield some truly revelatory perspective. On her latest album, The Quarry, Vancouver singer-songwriter Ora Cogan finds autonomy and uses it to project moments of her life into sonic fantasy.” - Discorder Magazine