Argentinian-born Candelaria Saenz Valiente heads up Warsaw's most intriguing avant pop-rock band, blending modern underground with guitar noise and classical music tradition, balanced with new-fangled styles of contemporary sound courtesy of indie greats Marcin Masecki and Macio Moretti.
Live concerts and experimental spectacles are a major part of Paristetris' activities, which mash together a mixed bag of genres, from rock and pop to jazz and classical, with each band member bringing something different to the table. Saenz Valiente's breathy, ethereal vocals fit in with the Scandinavian vibe that's so popular today on the independent scene, punctuated by Masecki and Moretti's experimental approach to piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, drums and bass, and Bartek Magneto's guitar and bass, with striking visuals produced by Robert Bęza.
Paristetris got its start in Warsaw in late 2008. The band was signed almost immediately by the most significant independent label in Poland, Lado ABC. The label released Paristetris' self-titled album in 2009, which shook the foundations of the alternative music scene in Poland and caught the attention of music critics nationwide. Their wild approach to live shows drove their popularity further, making them one of the most interesting acts around. As Bartek Chaciński wrote in Przekrój magazine in 2009, "Imagination goes hand in hand with discipline, madness doesn’t contradict the cohesion of the songs, and the avant-garde ambitions don’t eliminate the sense of humor".
They released their second album just over a year later, this time in Saenz Valiente's native Buenos Aires. Honey Darlin' was mixed and co-produced by Eddie Stevens, former keyboardist of Moloko and Roisin Murphy. Once again, the album won the hearts and imaginations of fans and critics. Among the awards the band then garnered, the most significant was the Polityka Passport Award, given to Macio Moretti. That year Paristetris went on tour across Europe, South America and Japan.
Author: Agnieszka Le Nart, November 2012