Ora Cogan is a unique artist who writes about everything from politics to the supernatural while inhabiting a sonic space somewhere between shoegaze, dark-wave & experimental.
She has collaborated with a wide variety of artists from a gospel quartet to no-wave ensembles as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Cogan started releasing material with her solo project on Borne! Recordings in Spain and Isolated Now Waves in Canada in 2010 leading her to tour extensively in North America & Europe. She has released 7 albums to date and has been invited to perform at festivals around the world. Cogan has recently relocated to Montreal where she is working on Les Yeux, a Collaborative project with Joni Void, Robin Faye, Joni Sadler, Ylang Ylang & Jessica Moss.
She will be on tour throughout 2018 in support of her new album Crickets.
Ora Cogan’s new album 'Crickets' was released on Hand Drawn Dracula in November 2017. Crickets was recorded and co-produced with Tom Deis (Uni Ika Ai) in Philadelphia and features percussionist Dani Markham (TuneYards, Childish Gambino), violinist Russel Kotcher (Chamber Orchestra of NY) and vocalist Maia Friedman (Uni Ika Ai).
She Shreds Premiere of Crickets the Title track of Ora's new album.
Gold Flake Paint Premiere of Moonbeam the third track of Crickets: "An ode to the cruelty of the world it might well be, but at its opulent meridian, ‘Moonbeam’ offers the kind of poignant and powerful escape that will lead you to return over and over again."
"Multi-instrumentalist Ora Cogan makes gorgeous experimental folk compositions laced with hints of psychedelia, chamber pop, and rock." - She Shreds
“Ora Cogan, the Montreal-based folk musician, has built a reputation for her multi-faceted compositions. Under one roof, Cogan has drawn folk, psych, dream pop, chamber pop and beyond as she crafts intense, beautiful songs.” – The 405
“You can hear grace throughout Crickets, as Cogan moves gracefully between introspective synth ballads and psychedelic folk songs. And while her lyrics focus on corporate greed and environmental degradation, her transcendent arrangements provide relief and hope.”- Bandcamp
“She’s proven herself a gifted songwriter, but in finding a logical way to extend her neo-folk foundation into darkwave territory, Cogan now sounds truly vital.”- Now Toronto
“Led by that stunning voice, which has previously drawn comparisons to Karen Dalton, her latest track is perhaps closer to the likes of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, who intersperse their folk-leanings with dense instrumentals. It’s certainly the case on ‘Moonbeam’, a track which, if stripped back to its skeleton might well drift like a torch song of yesteryear, but instead swells in to a wholesome three minutes full of beautifully heavy instrumentals and gorgeous strings that pertinently shift the overriding atmosphere…An ode to the cruelty of the world it might well be, but at its opulent meridian, ‘Moonbeam’ offers the kind of poignant and powerful escape that will lead you to return over and over again.”- Gold Flake Paint
'Sea People' masterfully weaves together elements of everything from experimental folk, to blurry psychedelia and electronic krautrock. Inspired by "the pain & anger of being in an endlessly hungry capitalist & colonial society on a dying planet", 'Sea People' is a self-aware call to arms that contradicts its whimsical nature and asks its listeners to consider their role as a human being." - The Most Radicalist
Ora’s music is effortlessly extravagant. This is not music made for passive listening, rather, it is something that needs to be experienced. Discorder Magazine
Ora Cogan draws from a wide web of influence, but - truly - she sounds like no other. Drawn to folk's psychedelic wings, her guitar-picking recalls everyone from Karen Dalton to English group The Pentangle, Yet there's much more at work here, with those dense, transformative production effects taking her music into an entirely different sphere. - CLASH
Crickets is a perfectly crafted album that plays best as a start to finish listen. It has the ability to get the listener lost within its eight tracks making thirty minutes fly by in the blink of an eye. – Cups n’ Cakes
"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
“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