The lead vocalist of top alternative Polish band Paris Tetris, Candelaria Saenz Valiente, has embarked on a wild musical joyride with her latest solo project.
Argentian-born Candelaria established Paris Tetris with her husband the pianist Marcin Masecki and the pecussionist Macio Moretti and Pictorial Candi is Candelaria's solo project for which she learned to pluck the guitar, for better or for worse. She wasn't going for perfection but for a direct, punk feel that sounds like a tape recording. She is natural and full of zest and admires the likes of Daniel Johnston and R. Stevie Moore, who is known for recording quickly and starting on new songs at a brisk pace. They avoid over-perfection and go for a natural sound that doesn't require hour-long tuning.
In an interview for Popupmusic.pl Candelaria shared her impressions of how music has impacted her as a person and a performer,
I believe that on the stage I don't turn into someone else, I am simply myself, the most honest and also the most ashamed, naked version of myself, the one that I have access to at that point. It's the wildest aspect of my personality, it's a point at which there is no shame, no taboo.
And this wild child studied Conducting and Singing at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, and holds a degree in Composition and Arranging. These paradoxes find their way into Pictorial Candi's music. Listening to her albums and seeing her perform is like a rollercoaster ride. She plays both folk acoustic, and noisy punkrock songs. She doesn't like to do the same thing twice. With significant help from Masecki she recorded the incredible over 8 minute long The Haunting Carabel, in which through organs and vocals avantgarde meets baroque. The album ends with an instrumental miniature arranged for trombones. That's what we call artistic freedom.
Apart from Saenz Valiente and Masecki, Pictorial Candi is composed of Tom Pop (Tomek Popowski) on drums and Adam Byczkowski on guitar.
Author: Jacek Świąder, April 2013. Translated by MJ
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