Ora Cogan

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Preview from Ora’s new album ‘Ribbon Vine’ ~

Ora Cogan’s haunting voice and post-americana guitar playing are like none other. Her music is expansive, beautiful and ethereal. It makes you feel as though you are laying down in a rowboat and drifting across a calm lake in the pitch black night with a storm approaching. She has collaborated with a variety of artists including Tara Jane O’Neil, Anni Rossi, Alela Diane, and The Be Good Tanyas, and has shared the stage with the likes of Hope Sandoval, Vashti Bunyan, Scout Niblett, Au, and Tanya Tagaq while touring extensively throughout Europe & North America. Ribbon Vine, coming out on Hairy Spider Legs on March 12, 2013, will be Ora’s 5th album. She has also appeared on a smattering of underground tapes and compilations, including Leaves of Life alongside Devendra Banhart and Marissa Nadler.

It was with the help of Jose Luis Cuevas of Borne! Recordings and Producer Enrique Ara Martin that Ribbon Vine was recorded, against all odds, in Castellón, Spain with a 4-piece band and a whole lot of love. The band included Ora Cogan – Vox & Electric Guitar, Xavi Muñoz – Bass, Marcos Junquera – Drums, and Max Jones – Bowed Guitar. After the recording was finished, Ora returned to Canada and disappeared into the wilderness on her motorbike. She joined the fight against The Northern Gateway Pipeline and took a 2 year hiatus from playing music until longtime fans Hairy Spider Legs contacted her and subsequently offered to release the album.
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“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.” – Joseph Stannard, The Wire

“Ribbon Vine is dreamy, mysterious alt-folk of rare beauty, with fingerpicked guitar that laps like water on pebbles and sweet drones like breezes in the pines, all of it caressing Cogan’s clear voice…”
Monica Kendrick, The Chicago Reader

“… Ribbon Vine, a stellar entry in a long line of bleak Pacific Northwest folk albums, finds the strong-voiced singer-songwriter in a beautiful and often harrowing mode. But where Grouper or Tiny Vipers put forth sounds and ideas that float upward and evaporate, Cogan’s music is more corporeal, demanding of full and immediate attention.”

“There is real depth to this marvellous album…. Cogan is one of those unique artists who should be heard by a wider audience.” – Terrascope


Ribbon Vine is available on vinyl and MP3 >

Ribbon Vine is a haunting and beautiful full-length album with five of Ora’s original compositions, including a new noir version of her song The Way, as well as her brilliant, startling versions of traditional songs such as Katie Cruel and Waterbound.