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. As a performer Ora has shared the stage with the likes of Grouper & Hope Sandoval while touring extensively in North America, Europe and the UK.
Ora’s new album, Shadowland, was released on Hidden City Records and Beacon Sound in 2016. A co-production with Trish Klein from The Be Good Tanyas, Shadowland sees Ora’s stunning voice set in an intriguing realm of electric guitar, vintage keyboards, and hypnotic drums.
Ora became a part of Vancouver’s eclectic music community at 19, collaborating with a multitude of artists who participated in trend setting improvisation events Fake Jazz Wednesdays & Her Jazz Noise Collective. Cogan has released six full-length recordings to date and has played numerous festivals including Vancouver Folk Festival, The Festival of Endless Gratitude in Copenhagen and Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. She will be on tour throughout 2017 with her band.
"Exploring elements of Americana with psychedelic soundscapes, Shadowland shows how her vast potential can be harnessed into one release" – Pure Volume
"The first few seconds of Ora Cogan’s Crystallize EP will fill the hole Fleet Foxes left behind, but with a new twist. This artist has an extremely unique voice that soothes as it provides a soundtrack for adventure." - CMJ
"The unsettling organ drone and circular acoustic-guitar tension of “Ground and Grave” evoke a feminine take on the cinematic folk-noir feel of Timber Timbre, while “Repatterning” could easily pass for a lost Wolfe track, circa Pain Is Beauty, were it not for the smoky Angel Olsen–like timbre of Cogan’s gripping voice." - The Georgia Straight
“Cogan’s songs are beguiling enough to support a bare bones guitar and vocal approach, but here she has surrounded herself with a small group of sympathetic musicians. The full ensemble performances are inspired…. 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