Shameless Tuesdays: Livre 75 | FLDPLAN
When I think of what "the sound" of the 2020s should be, what FLDPLN (pronounced "field plan") offers is the answer. The side project of Sway frontman Andrew Saks, the mixture of electronica, synthwave, and jazz brings the finest neon imagery around. FLDPLN's latest album Escalator arrives on July 30th, and it could very well be one of the best records of 2021! The sexiness of "Building Whisperer", the slickness of "Give You Everything", and even the heartache of "Lost Her At Sea" are showcased with such power and electric grace. The wait for Escalator is gonna be a tough one (trust me, this is a fantastic record!), so they've come around to give us a Shameless Tuesdays to help us be a little more patient!
Here's what FLDPLAN has to say about this week's playlist:
I don’t listen to much new music these days, to be honest, as most of my musical intake typically revolves around old jazz stuff that I’m constantly trying to burn into my brain to aid me in my quest to become a better saxophone player. When it comes to “newer” stuff, I’ve been plenty inspired over the last couple of years by some local Phoenix, Arizona artists who craft some really fantastic lo-fi hip hop. I’ve included some lo-fi chefs, folks I’ve had the pleasure of playing shows with like Phortran, Paklite, Korey Wade, Moreta and Atreetalking. Just some amazing stuff that these cats are pulling-off with the venerable Roland SP-404, and I’m excited to play out more and collaborate in the future.
I recently did a track with Paklite and Strong Maurice called “Cashout” that you can check out in this playlist along with another track Strong Maurice just put out with Moeb. Other than my love for the “shoegaze” and dreampop aesthetic that has been and continues to be a big part of my personal sonic identity since my days in Sway, there’s something about lo-fi hip-hop and instrumental stuff that just does it for me.
I’m also very much in love with all things synthesized. About a year ago, I put together a podcast called Small Operations that was centered around the music people around the world are making with instruments made by Teenage Engineering, like the OP-1 and OP-Z, two devices that have become very important to the way I make music over the last few years. During my time doing the show I had a chance to meet and chat with so many incredibly inventive artists, who have inspired me to no end.
I wanted to showcase some of my favorite artists using OP-1 and OP-Z, folks like JohnnyBGood- a ridiculously talented musician and instrumentalist. His tune “Good Spirits” is just beautiful. Another multi-instrumentalist who is absolutely destroying the OP-Z is BØLT. He has newer stuff now but I included his tune “Departing” from his album Voyager because I dig it so much. I love what Jeremy Blake (Red Means Recording) has done for the OP-1 (who doesn’t?!) and “Concrete Spire” is included here because it’s such a rad tune. I’m absolutely in love with the textures of “Northern” by Duelling Ants.
There’s too much good stuff to gush about here. If you’re into very textural electronic stuff and lo-fi, I think you’ve got some great leads here. Enjoy!
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