Phoenix dream-electronic artist FLDPLN (Andrew Saks) presents ‘Escalator’ single, previewing new LP

“A whole new world of electronic-based dreampop… With a perfect sense of space and symmetry, Saks’ particular sonic trajectory presents a sound unlike pretty much anything else out there on the ambient-pop-gaze music landscape” ~ Big Takeover Magazine

“Electronic reverie… there is some continuity between the blissful escapism of Saks’ previous band Sway and FLDPLN… ecstatic yet chill, and harmonious while offering an unexpectedly welcome fusion” ~ The Record Stache

“Up up and away in bliss… an artist that definitely should be explored… dreamy, blissfully textural” ~ Amplify Music Magazine

Photos by Angela Saks

Phoenix-based dream-electronic artist FLDPLN presents his new single ‘Escalator’, previewing his full-length album by the same name. Scheduled for release on July 30, it will be available both digitally and on color vinyl via the label Sillas Famosas.

FLDPLN (“field-plan”) is the new solo project of Andrew Saks, former frontman of Southern California shoegaze band Sway (‘The Millia Pink and Green’ EP, ‘This Was Tomorrow’). Here, he creates electronic-based dreampop that is deeply influenced by 80s pop with shoegaze-like textures and ambient aesthetic, created by layered saxophones and synths.

A mostly electronic project that generally defies genre pigeonholing, FLDPLN is an outlet for dreamy, blissfully textural songs featuring synthesizers, vocals and layered saxophones. Saks effectively captures blissful feelings, sharing them with spirits seeking a sense of nostalgia.

‘Escalator’ was written, produced, recorded and mixed by Andrew Saks at his home studio in Phoenix, Arizona. This follows up his 2018 album ‘Let You Down’ and his 2021 single ‘Cashout’, release in 2021.

“Escalator is really the result of my years of dabbling in electronic music production combined with my desire to reconnect with my roots, having been a saxophone player for most of my life,” says Andrew Saks.

“For this album, I wanted to write songs that are true to the way I hear things in my head, dreamy, blurry, beautiful without compromise and incorporate the horn as a textural instrument as well as another melodic voice.”

A short time after Sway disbanded, Andrew (who handled half of the guitar duties in the band) decided to put down the guitar and return with resolve to his first love – the saxophone – which he has played from the age of 12.

The idea behind FLDPLN was to incorporate his love for electronic music production and early 90’s post-punk sensibilities, while allowing saxophones and synthesizers to be used to fill-in texturally, where guitars have typically been the fundamental building element of the “shoegaze” and “dream pop” sub-genres.  Saxophone textures are layered, at times co-mingling with synthesizers to create a soft, warm bed of sound, the perfect backdrop for the whisper-like vocals reminiscent of Andrew’s hushed voice with Sway.

At times, Andrew’s horn playing features soaring leads that lift the dreamlike and serene to near-anthemic heights while, in other instances, they convey an emotional, whisper-like voice. While certainly nowhere near new to experimental music, the tone and texture of the saxophone in this context effectively lends itself to ethereal lullabies and reflective daydreams.

While textures and sound are an integral component of the music, Andrew does not shy away from hook-laden songwriting. This music is highly influenced by childhood memories of going to bed each night, falling asleep with Walkman headphones on and later waking up in the darkness, in a partial dream-state with the pop songs of the 1980’s – Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Bruce Springsteen, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Debbie Gibson, Human League still whispering in his ears.

The ‘Escalator’ single is now available everywhere across online stores, such as Apple Music, and streaming platforms like Spotify. The full ‘Escalator’ LP will released on July 30 and can already be pre-ordered digitally and on color vinyl via Bandcamp.

FLDPLN ‘Escalator’ single

01. Escalator
02. Give You Everything
03. I Want To Talk About Love
04. Building Whisperer
05. Until You Don’t Have It Anymore (For Huell)
06. Aliso
07. Lost Her At Sea
08. How Much Do You Remember?
09. Metrocenter
10. So Much Time
11. Maybe This Is How It Ends

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