Toronto-based artist Victoria Cheong recently released her debut full-length album Real Time via New York based post-punk artist Chandra‘s new label imprint, We Are Time, and basically: it’s arty as f*ck!
Following stints singing backup with the likes of the aforementioned Chandra, as well as Canada’s beloved folk-rock-poet Jennifer Castle (read our Q&A with Jennifer here), Cheong’s solo work perhaps leans more closely towards her roots as a DJ and collaborations with the likes of reggae legend Willi Williams. Under the moniker of her solo experimental electronic pop project, New Chance finds Cheong delving deeper into her own cosmic offerings.
While not not built for the dancefloor, Real Time veers inwards and outwards, resulting in songs that are as intimate and meditative and as they are esoteric and metaphysical. On the album, Cheong explores both the astral and physical experience in relation to the construct and concept of “time” itself.
Described in her bio as “techno meditations,” her song forms manifest in contradictions: as planetary structures such as valleys and gardens, then veering off into full-on astral expanses. Through her uniquely hypnotic, inquisitive tonal perspective, Cheong lyrically navigates simultaneously through states of introversion, and the quest for universal connection.
Thematically, the songs come in search of internal harmony, but also attempt to harness the power of vulnerability, and the courage to open oneself up to chaos.
Deeply rooted in the artist’s study of astrology, the album grapples with the concepts of artistic and physical agency, and harnessing one’s inner spectral universe. Despite these rather hefty conceptual investigations, the Real Time exists in a seemingly weightless musical realm, and remains a captivating, contained universe throughout.
We sat down with New Chance and attempted to tangle out some of the themes on the album, as well what it’s like to operate as a multi-disciplinary artist in an increasingly demanding capitalistic world.
Read the full Q&A after the jump!