First Listen:

Ora Cogan



words by tom johnson

photograph by mona li alzghoul

“This one goes out to all the broken-hearted dreamers out there getting their hearts smushed by the cruel world,” Ora Cogan says of her stunning new track Moonbeam. “It’s an un-smush-your-heart song.”

Lifted from her forthcoming new album, released next month on Hand Drawn Dracula, the latest track from the Vancouver artists is a simmering moment of weighty pop music that finds Cogan at the very top of her game, the song unwinding considerately but with formidable prowess.

Led by that stunning voice, which has previously drawn comparisons to Karen Dalton, her latest track is perhaps closer to the likes of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, who intersperse their folk-leanings with dense instrumentals. It’s certainly the case on ‘Moonbeam’, which we’re very pleased to unveil today, a track which, if stripped back to its skeleton might well drift like a torch song of yesteryear, but instead swells in to a wholesome three minutes full of beautifully heavy instrumentals and gorgeous strings that pertinently shift the overriding atmosphere.

An ode to the cruelty of the world it might well be, but at its opulent meridian, ‘Moonbeam’ offers the kind of poignant and powerful escape that will lead you to return over and over again. Check it out right now; pre-orders for the new record can be found via the link below.

‘Crickets’ is released on November 3rd, via Hand Drawn Dracula

You can pre-order it here

Tour dates:

Oct 27 – Valhalla – Salt Spring Island, BC
Oct 28 – The Vault – Nanaimo, BC
Oct 29 -The Copper Owl – Victoria, BC
Nov 2 – The Red Gate Revue Stage – Vancouver, BC w/ Lief Hall
Nov 3 – TBA – Seattle, WA w/ Tispur
Nov 4 – The Sou’Wester – Seaview, WA w/ Tispur
Nov 5 – Obsidian – Olympia, WA w/ Tispur / Anna Gordon
Nov 6 – Turn, Turn, Turn – Portand, OR w/ Ilyas Ahmed & Tispur
Nov 10 – TBA – Nevada City, CA
Nov 11 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA w/ Sean Hayes
Dec 2 – La Vitrola – Montreal, CA




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