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[Borne! Recordings / Isolated Now Waves; February 1]
The dramatic cover shot, snapped in the stairwell of a hotel in Castelló, Spain, captures a lot of the mystery that runs thick throughout Ora Cogan’s latest album. Something of a departure from the Vancouver native’s clear, sparse, traditional style, The Quarry is big on atmosphere, submerging Ora’s already heady vocals in a deep well of reverb to give them an even more haunting quality. Recorded and co-produced with Jesse Taylor of Twin Crystals, Ora plays every instrument, including electric guitar, violin, dulcimer, drones and drums (except on two songs, where Kenton Loewen of The Crackling steps in). Divided into two ‘sides’ (vinyl collectors can drop the quote marks) of six songs each, the album includes covers of Sam Cooke’s ‘Troubled Mind’ and traditional number ‘Down To The River’ plus two instrumentals, ‘Lily’ and ‘Nite Prison’ (named after the studio where the album was recorded).
02 Troubled Mind
04 Blood Debt
05 The Quarry
06 In The Dark
07 Down To The River
08 Nite Prison
09 Glass Tower
10 Mean As The Sun
Ora also has a new, limited edition covers album, The Boggy Mire, for sale through Isolated Now Waves, a cassette-only release featuring her takes on songs by Rio En Medio, Elizabeth Cotten, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas and more. You can order both releases on her Myspace.
Ora’s stunning version of the traditional folk song ‘(Sometimes I Feel Like A) Motherless Child’ is now available on Wears The Trousers Records’ tribute to Odetta. See here for more info.
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