"The Quarry is perhaps a bit darker in tone and haunting in mood than her previous recordings. Deeply moving, but not despairing, each word is drawn out into almost non-verbal utterances which at times seem as much inspired by old tymey Appalachian folk as by Canadian aboriginal music vocalizations and Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser. Cogan's voice lilts and swoops amid her delicate finger picked and strummed guitar along with some dreamy dulcimer, violin, and fleeting moments of droney dissonance too. The dozen numbers take an unhurried pace, gradually winding their way into your heart. A lovely and deceptively potent aural elixir!"
- Aquarius Records
“The Quarry certainly doesn’t feel like an ordinary folk record. Cogan has managed to put her musical finger onto something strange and surreal.” -The Vancouver Sun
“Local songstress steps up to the big leagues with a stunning album of textured, hazey folk, perfect for cold Vancouver nights.” - Scout Magazine
"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)." - Wears The Trousers Magazine
“Ora Cogan continues to make Vancouver look good with The Quarry” - HEAVE Media
“Ora's brand new luscious record is here! Totally beautiful and packed full of layers of soft soundscape/dark folk drone meditations! Recorded meticulously by Jesse Taylor at Nite Prison in East Van. A lot of work went into this breathtaking new effort! A masterpiece in epic song writing from one the best and unique artists around!” - Nominal Records
“Time apart from reality is hard to come by.
However, if you manage, separating one’s self from the rush of worldwide goings on can yield some truly revelatory perspective. On her latest album, The Quarry, Vancouver singer-songwriter Ora Cogan finds autonomy and uses it to project moments of her life into sonic fantasy." - Discorder
released February 1, 2010
All songs written & recorded by Ora Cogan except for "Troubled Mind"written by Sam Cooke & "Down To The River" Traditional/Ora Cogan.
Kenton Loewen - Drums on "Troubled Mind" & "In The Dark"
Ora Cogan - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Drones, Violin, Dulcimer & Drum (on track 3.)
Recorded by Jesse Taylor at Nite Prison
Produced by Ora Cogan & Jesse Taylor
Mixed by Jordan Koop
Mastered by Joshua Stevenson
"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