Ah! The distant call of a completely original and under-appreciated voice from overseas has lured the hand of Nicey back to Europe, this time to Berlin, where the Argentinian-born, English-singing composer PICTORIAL CANDI has lately been painting her wide-open sonic landscapes. Secret Salts is a collection of masterful, meditative, and freeform songs, seemingly originating but a good way departed from an R&B tradition, with effortlessly enchanting vocal leads, for fans of Solange or FKA Twigs. Anyway, here’s what Candi has to say:
"Seems like you got to have sadness to sustain happiness. Otherwise you’d burn, consumed by joy. It’s perhaps a natural instinct, and that may be why at times it feels so out of our control, because to a great measure, instincts are out of our control. But when this bulk of sadness grows out of proportion, well then, it’s good to have a plan. My plan was to put all the imaginary sorrow in a sort of snow globe and get it away from me, far, to be reminisced and seen at a distance as something beautiful. It worked like a charm, and like most charms, it fed on feelings. So here’s a charm that may work for your teenage mind with an absorption of excess at 95% and a bonus of sweet nerdy harmonies, Hal Hartley counterpoints and other more obscure musical and literary appreciations. Is this still Dream pop? Gimme a call if you wanna talk."
EU release also available from Mansions & Millions.
released September 27, 2019
All original songs by Candelaria Saenz Valiente aka Pictorial Candi except for Father Sun and Sister Moon, originally "Muru's Chant" by Adam Berry for the film Balto II.
Produced, performed and recorded by Pictorial Candi in Berlin, 2018. Featuring Sarah Addud on bassoon (Star Gel), Sean Nicholas Savage on vocals (Father Sun and Sister Moon) and Tomek Pop on drums (Wrong jacuzzi).