Ora Cogan

Booking Agent : Ricky Biondetti & Marie Leclère

Formless finds beauty, absurdity, humour, and unlikely joy in the bleakest of times. Cogan’s smoky, psychedelic approach to gothic country and hazy folk merges with post-punk, groove, psych rock, and traditional balladry. With a singular voice as much sensation as sound, Ora Cogan seeks out new realities within the smoke-and-mirrors labyrinth of our cruel society.

“Writing this album was a very much a lifeline… transformative and healing,” Cogan recalled. “Re-calibrating an internal compass constantly thrown off by the magnetism of a deranged world.”

Recorded in mostly off-the-floor takes with rhythm section David Proctor and Finn Smith on analog tape at Vancouver Island’s Risque Disque studio and co-produced by Cogan and Loving’s David Parry, Formless features international guest stars including Cormac Mac Diarmada from LANKUM, who plays strings on “Feel Life,” and a duet with Y La Bamba on “Ways of Losing.”

Raised by a photojournalist and a musician on the islands of Canada’s Pacific coast, Cogan shaped her approach to music far from big-city scenes. Her childhood home played host to a constant stream of artists as it served as a professional recording studio. Cogan absorbed a myriad of influences growing up, from Ladino and Rumbetico to American country blues and outsider art all feeding into her glacial and cinematic yet tinglingly intimate sound.

Cogan has been crafting critically acclaimed records for years, earning her festival slots throughout Europe and North America, residencies in Italy and France, and shows with Mazzy Star and Grouper. Prolific and experimental, she’s collaborated with the likes of Frazey Ford, Skeena Reece and members of Big Brave.

Formless took form in the abyss of grief and pandemic isolation. “I spent a lot of time wandering aimlessly in the woods with my dog,” said Cogan. The result is an outpouring of ruminations on awkward love, pain, internal struggles, and a fight to find ways to feel good when everything goes bad.

Cogan and her close-knit band will support Formless with stateside touring as well as EU and UK dates in 2024. Her performances offer a vital antidote to the dystopian alienation of modern life, drawing overlapping audiences of folk, goth, pop, experimental, and even noise and punk fans together like some bizarre sonic/social Venn diagram.

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Tourdates

Date City Venue Country
03/06/24 Paris Supersonic France
05/06/24 Chambery Brin de Zinc France
06/06/24 Geneve Le Rez – Usine Switzerland
07/06/24 Munich Milla Germany
08/06/24 Regensburg Void Fest Norway
09/06/24 Krakow Klub RE Poland
10/06/24 Warsaw Chmury Poland
11/06/24 Brno Kabinet Múz Czech Republic
12/06/24 Berlin Loophole Germany
13/06/24 Copenhagen BETA Denmark
14/06/24 Uddevalla Folkets hus /Uddevallakasetten Norway
15/06/24 Oslo Dunk Norway
16/06/24 Bergen Landmark Norway
19/06/24 Malmö Annelundsgården Sweden
21/06/24 Offenbach Hafen2 Germany
Admission: 12 €.
23/06/24 Brighton Prince Albert United Kingdom
Admission: 12 £.
24/06/24 Birmingham Hare & Hounds United Kingdom
Admission: 12,50 £.
25/06/24 Bristol Crofters Rights United Kingdom
Admission: 14 £.
27/06/24 Glasgow Glad Cafe United Kingdom
Admission: 12 £.
28/06/24 Sheffield Hatch United Kingdom
29/06/24 London The Lexington United Kingdom
Admission: 13 £. Buy Tickets

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