Born in Buenos Aires and based in Warsaw, Pictorial Candi aka Candelaria Saenz Valiente recently released her third album fOREVER TILL YOU DIE. Similar to her previous two albums, ‘Eat your Coney Island’ (2012) and ‘Drink’ (2013), fOREVER TILL YOU DIE resembles a mixed tape—there is little cohesion in sound. In a way, they are not dissimilar from the fragmented and distorted recollections we have of our dreams upon waking up. fOREVER TILL YOU DIE embodies that dream-space with hypnotic melodies that have little sense of time or direction woven into the painful and beautiful narrative of being a teenager. It is an ode to tumultuous teenage emotions, loss of perception, and a fervor for romance.

We had the pleasure to sit down with Candi a few hours prior to her recent show at Loophole to discuss her latest album release, the Polish pop music scene, and her guiltless pleasures. By the end of the evening Candi had us completely cast under her spell–her micro-dance movements being a highlight. Check it out below.

F: Can you tell me a bit about the new album, what is it about?

PC: It’s a coming of age album that is about never coming and never aging. About always remaining a teenager. It’s an ode to teenage years and how we are always in that same teenage brain, like miscalculating tragedy, taking light matters heavily and then tragic things as if nothing happened. Kind of a weird reversed miscalculation of reality.

F: How do you want people to experience your music? Which feelings would you like to evoke?

PC: I would like to evoke some sort of mysteriousness that we all had when we were younger. When we would read something or see a film and we would add meaning to the stuff we were seeing out of a lack of knowledge. It would be great if my listeners could read into whatever added stuff or make their own story. I am basically talking about things that surely many of us have experienced.

F: Warsaw, lets talk about that. Is Warsaw a good place to be a musician? Do you feel part of an artistic creative community there? What is the Polish Pop music scene like?

PC: It is totally a good scene. It is a small crowd of musicians but they all have a really great sense of musicianship. I admire a lot of people there, which is nice because having a lot of people that you admire in one smallish city is quite a rarity. There are a lot of cool bands and not many venues so if you go out you always bump into your friends. The underground pop scene that I am apart of is small. There is a lot of experimental rock and guitar oriented stuff that has its following but for pop its quite small—the audience is not very big—it’s always the same faces. I stand no chance to have more than those people following just because those are the people. It would be too weird in English not being very immediately palatable. It’s not easy. I guess the crowd here is more open to my sounds.

F: What is your relationship to Buenos Aires? Is that still home for you?

PC: Yes, totally. I might live there sometime in the distant future as that is where all my good friends and family are. I initially moved from Buenos Aires to Boston and there I met my husband who is Polish and that is why I moved. It was quite a sad and a drastic move, a completely different culture to get accustomed to.

F: What type of song is your favourite song to write?

PC: That is a very difficult question for me to answer because it depends on the mood that I am in. If I am composing I sit down and will just play whatever comes. I do not have a plan of what I want to do so that’s why all my albums have been quite like a mixed tape. Every time I sit down something completely different comes out. Even if I try I can never manage to pull off a homogenous album. It is always super random. My fingers going, spur of the moment type of thing.

F: Do you find that space or design impacts your writing process?

PC: No, I don’t think space impacts my writing process. I guess I need a certain quietness, but visually I am fine anywhere. I just have to be feeling nice inside. The most common space I write lyrics are in my home. We have a basement downstairs and just put together a studio so either there or on my couch in my living room.

F: What are you reading at the moment?

PC: I discontinued reading for a little why and then recently started a book but its not that good and that’s likely why I can’t remember the name. He is British…

F: Ok, what about the last novel you enjoyed?

PC: I’m into David Foster Wallace, especially Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. That one has a few good stories. I read The Broom of the System and didn’t like it as much as his short stories. He is so far ahead that you have to imagine a bunch of stuff. That’s what I like about his work, when you cant fully understood what the writer is going for. That’s also what I like about music. When you’re like ‘what’s that?’ and then you have to make up your own ideas about it.

F: Do you have any guilty pleasures TV series? 

PC: I do, but none guilty they are all pleasurable. I have a daughter so I don’t have much time to watch series but I watch a lot of SNL, Jimmy Fallon, and Louis Ck. I watch mostly comedies because I can’t embark on a series at this point.