Hardly Working

by New Chance

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For the past five years, producer and vocalist Victoria Cheong has been steadily refining her vision as New Chance. Her core sound palette, and potent-yet-diaphanous singing are likely to evoke the golden age of dance music however, where others indulge in benign nostalgia, Cheong's deft, individual productions build upon the unmistakeable psychedelic malaise that lurked in that era's periphery. Numerous notable early 90s club hits teemed with spooky energy—stubbornly spiralling glossolalia, pulsing electronic atmospherics, and cryptic lyrics delivered in soulful deadpan. New Chance charts fresh routes through these haunted corners of dance music history toward a conception of the present moment that's as personal as it is propulsive.

Hardly Working offers her most focussed and finely tuned work yet, vividly translating her hypnotic live presence into the recorded realm. All but the title track are unmistakably songs in that they are vocally driven, yet instead of following a conventional narrative structure, they seem to uncoil slowly. Centring the voice amidst her colorful but introspective arrangements allows her to establish a tangible human vulnerability that's ripe for subversion. She masterfully channels this emotional momentum into strange psychological spaces by way of elusive second-person lyrics and surreal detours. The supporting architecture of her productions follows suit. While each cut swells patiently in dynamic and density, Cheong doesn't travel the traditional upward trajectory of club music. Instead of reaching an airborne climax, as her pieces expand in scope, they exert an inward, gradually engulfing pull.
- Nick Storring

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released November 15, 2019

Written & Produced by Victoria Cheong
Mixed & Mastered by Brandon Hocura
Photos By Kate Young
Styled by Cameron Lee
Makeup & nails by Buzz

This EP was supported in part by Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto

Thank you Redd\Flagg, Andréa Lalonde, Emily Gove, Gord Cheong, Wolfgang Nessel, Peter Rahul, Chrissy Reichert.
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NEW CHANCE Toronto, Ontario

New Chance is an electronic music producer and vocalist from Toronto.
Recent projects include a collaboration with reggae legend Willi Williams, and the musical duo, Nice Hands, with poet Aisha Sasha John. She sings backup with Chandra and with Jennifer Castle’s Angels of Death. ... more

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Track Name: The Unexpected Door
You enter
through the unexpected door
which slams behind you
making your entrance dramatic

you may not exactly have thought this through
but
the structure
of the time
is carefully planned

this floor is for rolling around on
when you move you close your eyes
you will probably have your eyes closed
the whole time

concentrate
on getting it right
on getting swept away

all you really need is for just one moment
to stick
then you don't mind being lost
although the pressure is on
you get just what you need
then move on
Track Name: Overworked
Overworked
it's getting complicated
overworked
you should be compensated
overworked
c'mon girl work is free
overworked
then that's as high as I'll ever be

Overworked
you're always underrated
overworked
you should be compensated
overworked
we don't bite the hand that feeds
overworked
but that's as high as I'll ever be

This job is never-ending
till your money's not worth spending
this game is rigged you'll see
and that's as high as I'll ever be

You should be compensated
you're always underrated
cuz it's getting complicated

You should be compensated
cuz it's getting complicated
Track Name: Alone on the Floor
Alone
on the floor
you said you can't
but you meant you won't
oh but you meant you won't
I'm on the dancefloor
and I'll be buried here
I'm on the dancefloor
and I'll be buried here

and I'm sick of bad habits
bad habits are overrated
there's nothing that happens
that hasn't been happening
we wont leave it to a judge or a jury
they can't see
we're already locked up
we've already been suffocated

Alone
on the floor
you said you can't
but you meant you won't
oh but you meant you won't
I'm on the dancefloor
and I'll be buried here
I'm on the dancefloor
and I'll be buried here

and what I've seen
is like a dream
you stay
til the floor slips away
til the walls cave in
and the beat cant keep up
it's coming around again
calling
stay oh stay
till the daylight comes
stay oh stay
till the daylight comes
it's so pretty oh it hurts
it hurts
it's so pretty oh it hurts
oh it hurts
it's so pretty
oh it hurts oh it hurts
it's so pretty
it hurts
it hurts
stay up until the daylight comes

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