Agathe The Blues
I kept coming back to this record over the last month. It just kept being surprising and unraveling itself. I think I got a remnant of Londinium in some aspects, that definitely struck a chord. There's a delicate tension, in the whole album, from flirting with dance beats while never fully going there either. Feelings accumulate but they never get to unleash. You're in between worlds in unstable balance. To me, it is fantastic to have managed to capture such a complex emotion.
Favorite track: Adriatic.
All songs written, produced & performed by New Chance
Mixed by Lisa Conway
Mastered by Heather Kirby at Dreamlands Mastering
Sax on Two Pictures by Karen Ng
Cover images by Jackson Cheong, Gord Cheong, Victoria Cheong
Vinyl has Inner sleeve images by Yuula Benivolski with dress by Buzz
We Are Time
This spirited cacophony informs Real Time as a whole, Cheong breaking the club tension of her beats with left-field pop sensibilities, spoken word musings, and galactic personifications. Against pounding percussive chords, she ponders the water’s role in our universal oneness, a sense of wonder emitting from her voice like some luminescent prophet, lost but steadfast in an angular fog of pulsating shimmer and steam.
- C. Depasquale, Aquarium Drunkard
For me, Victoria Cheong (New Chance) is one of Toronto's most intriguing electronic musicians. A singer and producer, she audibly draws from the history of dance music but always ends up with something surreal, atmospheric, and unquestionably current. On her latest release for We Are Time, her palette expands yet again. While there's no shortage of propulsive moments, her signature spoken-and-sung vocals now edge both in the direction of Annette Peacock's odd commentaries and Sade's near-whispers. Meanwhile her colourful backings variously embrace queasy R&B, surging electro, weightless ambience, field recordings, and trip-hop-via-vaporwave eerieness.
-Nick Storring, Riparian Acoustics
Throughout Real Time, Cheong moves between being ready to hit the club and wanting to stay home and meditate on what it means to be alive. Somehow, she makes these two modes interchangeable, such that the tracks flow into each other almost seamlessly. Her utterly gorgeous-sounding voice is the encapsulating element that elevates the experience into something beautiful to behold. The music is slick, the lyrics are deep, but that voice: it's pure bliss.
- Bryon Hayes, Exclaim!
The Night-Blooming Cereus gracing the cover of Real Time belonged to Cheong’s grandfather and the plant’s duality drives the album’s narrative. Much of the production work is stripped back and stark, the wilted plant after the bloom, while New Chance’s vocals will light up any room. “To the Edge” and “Earth House (Turning)” both lie in this space, deep bass grooves and caustic beats offset by her effervescent voice. The juxtaposition is so disparate at times, it’s incredible how she makes it work. While the rhythms blitz the scene, New Chance bounces across the darkened waves, captivating.
- Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis
New Chance is an electronic music producer and vocalist from Toronto.
Recent projects include a collaboration
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