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Ora Cogan Shares New Single and Video “Cowgirl” – New Album “Formless” due May 31st via Prism Tongue & European/ UK Tour Dates Announced

April 21, 2024
Photo credit: Paloma Ruiz


Single/ video “Cowgirl” online now
New Album ‘Formless’ due May 31st via Prism Tongue
European tour dates this June

Canadian experimental singer-songwriter Ora Cogan is to to release her announcing album ‘Formless‘ in Europe on May 31st via Prism Tongue. In the record, 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 with UK shows in Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Sheffield & London.

On her track “Cowgirl“, Ora Cogan said “‘Cowgirl’  is a haunted acid trip of intense sorrow, deep solitude, and dark nights of the soul. A slow jam reckoning with the absurdity of depression and social isolation in grief.”

The tone that emerges devours the listener, it’s both sultry and soothing, gliding through this immersive landscape and shaping the rhythms for the chords and robust percussive attributes to follow. Ora’s sublime vocal harmonies shape the atmosphere as they dynamically shift throughout the growing passages, maintaining this deliverance of sincerity through the tender essence and stunning harmonic range. This hazy delivery pulls through the lyrical voyage and stamps this lasting impression on the composition which simply hooks you. Whilst the landscape offers this addictive formation, the lightness of the vocal notes elevates the vision to this dreamy level.

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


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