Hardly Working

by New Chance

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1.
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
2.
Overworked 04:30
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
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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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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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