Escalator – FLDPLN (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

On paper at least, the ideas and influences which go into FLDPLN‘s sound shouldn’t work. A return to the saxophone as the driving instrument, the nostalgic whiff of classic 80’s pop music (as experienced through the ears of a young music fan via a late-night Walkman), electronic soundscaping and plenty of it. But in the same way that the Sistine Chapel is more than a pile of stones and nifty paint job, Escalator is more than the sum of its parts. Much more.

Andrew Saks, the man with the PL(a)N, is a master of layering up delicate, gossamer sounds into heavenly sonic textures. The beat is gently lilting, the saxophone sounds subtle, sultry and smooth, the synths ebb and flow full of wash and wonder and the vocals are subdued and half-hidden feeling more like instruments themselves rather than lyrical comminication.

Dream-pop it may be but it is dream-pop for the cutting edge, contemporary wave, encroaching on everything from soul-pop to ambient electronica, shimmering indie to blissed out, chilled dance as it washes over the mainstream shoreline, cool, beguiling, beautiful and wonderfully organic. A force of nature, if such quiet majesty can even be described in such terms.

With a full album on its way soon, dream-pop…or whatever you wish to label it, couldn’t be in better hands.

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