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Ora Cogan Shares New Single and Video “Ways Of Losing” Ft Y La Bamba, Announces European Tour Dates & New Album “Formless” due May 31st via Prism Tongue

March 21, 2024
Photo credit: Paloma Ruiz

ORA COGAN

Shares new video “Ways of Losing”
Announces European tour dates
Album ‘Formless’ due May 31st via Prism Tongue

Canadian experimental singer-songwriter Ora Cogan is sharing her new video “Ways of Losing“, which features Y La Bamba, as well as announcing the European release of her album ‘Formless‘ due May 31st via Prism Tongue. Cogan’s smoky, psychedelic approach to gothic country and hazy folk merges with post-punk, groove, psych rock, and traditional balladry. Cogan is also set to tour throughout Europe this June. 

On the single, Ora Cogan said “‘Ways of Losing’ is a tribute to dear friends I’ve lost recently due to suicide and overdose. It is a love letter to those who do not fit well into our cruel society.”

Ora Cogan has delivered one of the most moving, delicate and lasting compositions. A track that captivates, this release embraces emotion and ultimately exudes this stirring effort. The release captures beauty, intimacy and volatility and the voyage resonates such sincere and honest attributes. As the hazy landscape alters, the composition focuses on the addition of lacing the structure with more complex textures and tones, all whilst the harmonies glide with ease over the atmosphere. The guitar notes glisten and provide this brighter spark throughout the immersive arrangement.

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.

Tour dates:
02/06/2024 LUX Luxembourg Rotondes Klub
03/06/2024 FR Paris Supersonic Records
05/06/2024 FR Chambéry Brin de Zinc
06/06/2024 CH Geneve Le Rez Usine
07/06/2024 DE Munich Milla
08/06/2024 DE Regensburg Void Fest WarmUp
09/06/2024 PL Krakow Klub Re 
10/06/2024 PL Warsaw Chmury
11/06/2024 CZ Brno Kabinet Muz
12/06/2024 DE Berlin Loophole
13/06/2024 DK Copenhagen Beta
14/06/2024 SE Uddevalla Uddevallakassetten
15/06/2024 NO Oslo Dunk
16/06/2024 NO Bergen Landmark
18/06/2024 SE Gothenburg Koloni
19/06/2024 SE Malmo Annelundsgården
21/06/2024 DE Offenbach-Am-Main Hafen 2
23/06/2024 UK Brighton The Prince Albert
24/06/2024 UK Birmingham Hare & Hounds
25/06/2024 UK Bristol Crofters Rights
27/06/2024 UK Glasgow The Glad Cafe
28/06/2024 UK Sheffield Hatch
29/06/2024 UK London The Lexington

Formless tracklist:
1. High Noon
2. Holy Hells
3. Feel Life
4. Cowgirl
5. Katie Cruel
6. Ways of Losing
7. Dyed
8. Drifting
9. Is Anything Wrong

https://oracogan.bandcamp.com/

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