Ora Cogan (photo Mona Li Alzghoul)
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Ora Cogan brings her haunted, jazzy chamber-folk and her band to the Half Moon on Tuesday, May 16, at 8pm. Jeffrey Lewis warms up the crowd for the Vancouver-based Cogan, who is touring in support of her forthcoming album, “Crickets.”
Cogan’s hauntingly unique voice and engaging performance lends her live show a dreamy, melodic, psych-rock vibe. She combines the intricate guitar picking of Americana with grunge and psychedelic dreamscapes, drawing comparisons to 1970s folk legend Karen Dalton. As a performer, Cogan has shared the stage with the likes of Grouper and Hope Sandoval while touring extensively in North America, Europe and the UK.
Cogan’s previous album, “Shadowland” — a co-production with Trish Klein from Be Good Tanyas – found Ora’s stunning voice set in an intriguing realm of electric guitar, vintage keyboards, and hypnotic drums.
Cogan became a part of Vancouver’s eclectic music community at age 19, collaborating with a multitude of artists, including Skeena Reece, Daniel Lercher, MAG, Marcos Junquera and Frazey Ford.
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 Shreds describes Cogan’s sound as “gorgeous experimental compositions laced with hints of psychedelia, chamber pop, and rock.”
“Crickets,” due out in October 2017, was co-produced with Tom Deis (Uni Ika Ai) in Philadelphia. “Crickets” inhabits a place between psychedelic folk, dark wave ambient, and experimental dream pop. The album features percussionist Dani Markham (TuneYards, Childish Gambino), violinist Russel Kotcher (Chamber Orchestra of NY), and background vocalist Maia Friedman (Uni Ika Ai).
Over the last ten years, Cogan has performed at internationally acclaimed festivals such as Vancouver Folk Festival, SXSW, Serralves Festival in Portugal and Torstraßen Festival in Berlin.