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New York, NY (August 9, 2023) – Experimental singer-songwriter Ora Cogan will release her new album Formless on Aug 25, an LP that finds beauty, absurdity, humor, 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.

Today, Cogan releases “Katie Cruel,” a tragic ballad about a sex worker traveling with light infantry soldiers. ‘Once they called me the roving jewel, now they call me Katie Cruel.’ The haunting track is a defiant, vindicating, feminist proclamation that flips the script on the way women are vilified.

Ethereal vocals and a shuffling brush snare lay over a sitar-like guitar pattern to underscore the strength of the lyrical message. “You can demean a woman and call her ‘Katie Cruel’,” said Cogan. “So what… Fucked if I care!”

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PRE-ORDER FORMLESS HERE 

Formless, finds beauty, absurdity, humor, 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. “Katie Cruel” follows the VHS/Super 8 video for the first single “Cowgirl” and the haunting “Dyed.”

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, the album 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 photographer and a singer-songwriter on the islands of Canada’s Pacific coast, where she once again resides, 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 from Édith Piaf, Ladino and Rumbetico to Karen Dalton, and American country blues, all feeding into her glacial and cinematic yet tinglingly intimate sound.

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 have added more album release shows in support of Formless.   A full list of tour dates can be found below with more to be added.

Ora Cogan Tour Dates

Oct 25 — Vancouver, BC — The Wise Hall

Oct 26 — Victoria, BC — The Layaway

Oct 27 — Nanaimo, BC — The Vault

Nov 26 — Olympia, WA — The Crypt

Nov 27 — Portland, OR — Old Church

Nov 28 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern

Dec 01 — Arcata, CA — The Miniplex

Dec 02 — Nevada City, CA — Stardust Station

Dec 03 — Sacramento, CA — Golden Bear

Dec 06 — Los Angeles, CA — Zebulon

1691666538 37 Ora Cogan Releases Beautifully Haunting Katie Cruel Announces Release | allo-guitareFormless Track List

01 – High Noon

02 – Holy Hells

03 – Feel Life

04 – Cowgirl

05 – Katie Cruel

06 – Ways of Losing

07 – Dyed

08 – Drifting

09 – Is Anything Wrong

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