"Candelaria Saenz Valiente wrzuca argentyńsko-polki kamyczek do freak-folkowego ogródka. Jej solowy debiut nakładem wytwórni Lado ABC winien być świętowany w każdym garażu i domu kultury. Oto nabożeństwo ku czci kolorowego undergroundu i nieśmiertelnego lo-fi!"

MORE of this very good review by Marek Fall for here: Photobucket

Please help yourself with google translator, you'll get the drift.


“Pictorial Candi is the pseudonym of off-kilter Argentinian songstress Candelaria Saenz Valiente and her debut solo LP, Eat Your Coney Island, is up online now. If the first impression emitted via its name sits somewhere between sexual innuendo and GY!BE eulogy, that imprinted on memory via media musical is one of gentle seduction; confused affection born of Valiente’s schizophrenic lust for attention. An incontestably sketchy (comic book; not crap sense) listen that indeed intermittently nods subtly to Montréal post-rock behemoths (the sparse brass atmospherics of Trombone Opus Nr. 1; the static anti-song incoherencies of Putzi & Maureen) Eat Your Coney Island is as bewildering as it is brilliant and, to contextualise that comment, it’s fucking sensational.” - Montreal


“Candi believes in the autotelic value of lo-fi, in the potential of home recording’s hotness and immediacy. A belief given weight by the fact that Candi’s songs have the force of music created by a person who looks at music from the perspective of other forms of self-expression or, simply, sees it as a place of unbridled freedom. Here is someone who is not ashamed of imperfection or mistakes. On the contrary, she likes to emphasize her very own ways of communicating. Candi’s penchant for vocal exaggeration and flamboyance is not unlike Joanna Newsom’s debut. And yet, along with its rawness this album is far from accidental, it’s thoroughly thought of and very well crafted...”

Piotr Lewandowski - - Warsaw


"Koncertowe wcielenie Pictorial Candi w składzie Candelaria Saenz Valiente, Marcin Masecki, Ola Rzepka i Adam Byczkowski wystąpiło z pierwszym prawdziwym koncertem w Warszawie, na którym utwory z "Eat Your Conney Island" zostały zagrane w takiej kolejności, jak na płycie, z puzonowym finałem włącznie. Koncert pokazał, że mimo efemerycznego charakteru, w tej muzyce nie ma przypadkowości. Początek był trudny, ponieważ ciche ballady ginęły w tradycyjnym gadaniu publiczności w Cafe Kulturalna, ale od elektrycznego Ode to Plethora było już z górki. Koncert był świetny, Candi przekonująca i wręcz zjawiskowa w roli tzw. liderki, a muzycy akuratni do realizacji jej koncepcji i nasączania piosenek raz finezyjnymi, raz wywrotowymi akcentami. Na bis usłyszeliśmy kower Benefit Of The Doubt R. Stevie Moore'a, który jest swoistym i odpowiednim patronem tego projektu. Jemu chyba też by się w Kulturalnej podobało."

Piotr Lewandowski -


“Just listened to the whole thing and got stoned off it. Dope shit.”

Bartek Walos - comedian - Warsaw


“ “Eat your Coney Island” is the solo debut of Paristetris’ lead singer, the notorius band with whom she recorded two excellent albums. Candelaria Saenz Valiente who seems to have been the driving force in that band, is a most turbulent spirit (yet side by side with eminent musicians). “Eat Your Coney Island" shows Candi in a different environment and exploring other areas. This album is ”less produced” in a way that tangible spontaneity works at its best. Candi emphasizes cassette music following the path of lo-fi mogules R. Stevie Moore and Daniel Johnston: great songwriting and no need to tune the guitar. After a while the listener may start to expect the unexpected: from punk to Baroque, ballad, noise, to a piece for trombone solo. Oh, evidence of the immortality of music.”

Jacek Swiader - Gazeta Wyborcza, duzy format - Poland


"Weird and wonderful stuff from Pictorial Candi. I'm sort of... baffled but enthralled. Go with it, it's a great ride." - Melbourne