Ribbon Vine

by Ora Cogan

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“Cogan’s songs are beguiling enough to support a bare bones guitar and vocal approach, but here she has surrounded herself with a small group of sympathetic musicians. The full ensemble performances are inspired…. Cogan’s drawl evokes the tone of Karen Dalton and the technique of John Martyn.” – Joseph Stannard, The Wire

“Ribbon Vine is dreamy, mysterious alt-folk of rare beauty, with fingerpicked guitar that laps like water on pebbles and sweet drones like breezes in the pines, all of it caressing Cogan’s clear voice…”
- Monica Kendrick, The Chicago Reader

“… Ribbon Vine, a stellar entry in a long line of bleak Pacific Northwest folk albums, finds the strong-voiced singer-songwriter in a beautiful and often harrowing mode. But where Grouper or Tiny Vipers put forth sounds and ideas that float upward and evaporate, Cogan’s music is more corporeal, demanding of full and immediate attention.”
- Flagpole


released April 1, 2013

Ora Cogan - Vox
Xavi Muñoz - Bass
Marcos Junquera - Drums
Max Jones - Bowed Guitar

Arranged by Max Jones and Ora Cogan
Composed by Ora Cogan
Produced by Enrique Ara Martin
Recorded at Rockaway Studios, Castellon, Spain
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Organized by Jose Luis Cueva
Released by Hairy Spiderlegs 2013


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"Cogan can be strikingly sparse and overwhelmingly composed in the same sublime breath. She summons orchestral waves of violins and rolling psychedelic guitars, propelled forward by a voice that sweeps audiences away under a tsunami of blissful sonic complexity." - Sled Island Festival ... more


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Track Name: Black Swells
I watched the black swells grow from the prow
And the stars hung above us in the black blanket of night
I closed my eyes and on the lids
Visions of blood and light

I killed my man on a lonely night
And still hear his voice on the wind
With a rush of scent from an olive bow
Sent from the land, so dim

Not with my hands so soft and fair
Not with an arrow or bow
But with the black, blunt blade he gave me
Did i let his blood flow
Track Name: Waterbound
went late one night
The moon and stars were shining bright
Storm come up and the trees come down
Tell you boys I was waterbound

Wayterbound on a stranger's shore
River rising to my door
Carried my home to the field below
Waterbound nowhere to go

Carved my name on an old barn wall
No one know I was there at all
Stables dry on a winter night
You turn your head you could see the light

Black cat crawling on an old box car
Rusty door and a falling star
Ain't Got a dime in my rations sack
Waterbound and I can't get back

Its i'm gone and I won't be back
Don't believe me count my tracks
River's long and the river's wide
I'll meet you boys on the other side

So say my name and don't forget
Water still ain't got me yet
Nothing but I'm bound to roam
Waterbound and I can't get home
Track Name: Katie Cruel
When I fist came to town
They call me the roving jewel
Now they've change their tune
They call me Katie Cruel

When I fist came to town
They brought me the bottles plenty
Now they've changed their tune
they bring me the bottles empty

If was where I would be,
Then I would be where I am not,
Here I am where I must be
Where that I would, I can not

Through the woods I travel,
through the boggy mire
Straight way down the road
to my heart's desire
Track Name: Everyday
I was so wrong
A cloud of thoughts over all reason
Spinning over the hills
Into all the land
Contaminating the soil all day

I was so in love
Love why are you such a poison?
You take every day make it into the same day
Track Name: I Wish My Baby Was Born
I wish, I wish my baby was born
And sitting on its papa's knee
And me, poor girl were dead and gone
And the green grass growing o'er my feet
I ain't ahead, nor never will be
Till the sweet apple grows
On a sour apple tree

But still I hope, But still I hope the time will come
When you and I shall be as one

I wish, I wish my love had died
And sent his soul to wander free
Then we might meet where ravens fly
Let our poor bodies rest in peace

The owl, the owl
Is a lonely bird
It chills my heart
With dread and terror
That someone's blood
There on his wing
That someone's blood
There on his feathers.
Track Name: The Way
You've got the way to undo me
You've got those golden eyes to melt my heart
I am your Samson, you are my Delilah
And I'll spin those golden circles round your sun
But all you can think of is your fragile situation

You've got the way to undo me
Make me feel like i'm anyone to you
But if you ever change your situation
You've got the way
Track Name: Golden Veins
I loved you better then i know myself
And i want for you what i once had
The good earth and the rivers and the golden veins in her arms
But the devil wants what he does not know
The broken heart and the shining snow comes down upon us
From above

Take my hands

Sleep now and dream your finest dream
Of emerald woods and golden streams
And all those others in there golden light

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