All hail New Chance! We’re always thrilled to hear new sounds from electronic adventurer Victoria Cheong, and this time we’re blessed with news of a brand new mixtape, featuring remixes, instrumental experiments and collaborations with some names familiar to the astute music fan. (Romy Lightman! Jonathan Adjemian! Evan Cartwright!)
For now, dip into the welcoming world of “Luck be a Lady,” a floating ambient warble that could be the sound of a descending, welcoming spaceship. It’s paired with a video by Zoe Solomon, a mix of footage of Cheong and translucent anime, fading in and out with the static. Otherworldy indeed!
If you’re in Toronto on Sunday (May 7), you should absolutely spend your afternoon at her tape release show, a joint venture with Doom Tickler.
Never before have we met a song so appropriately named. The ending of Stefana Fratila‘s new song is given away before you even press play: it’s going to be time to dance. Of course, she’s retained everything that made us fall for her back in 2015: breathy layers of vocals; varied production that keeps your ears guessing; an experimental approach to pop. Plus big, rhythmic beats. The previously-Vancouver-based artist obviously packed her drum machine when she moved to Toronto.
You can even order a physical copy (on VHS!), with an accompanying video, with proceeds going to Intersessions, a series of workshops for female, non-binary and queer folk who want to learn to DJ.
Mozart’s Sister has always hit her stride during emotional peaks. It’s fitting then that the Montreal artist’s newest album, her second, moves through the soaring highs and stomach-wrenching disappointments of a new relationship. It’s wholly consistent, entirely repeatable and infinitely relatable.
“Eternally Girl” moves in at the upper end its synth register, declaring that its narrator perhaps isn’t as grown up as her age would suggest. The middle section, especially though “Moment 2 Moment” and “Angel,” is the cotton candy-flavoured, but in-hindsight naive, sensations of a possibility filled new romance: belted vocals, airy synths, at infectious paces. But the most interesting moment is right at the end, as “Baroque Baby,” in slightly deeper, more grounded tones, describes the short-lived partnership falling flat on its face.
You’ve probably felt it all, or at least something like it. Field of Love is the album your heart would make if you didn’t let your brain talk you down.
Field of Love is available now from Bandcamp.