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At only 21 years of age, Carl Garsbo is becoming one of Sweden’s most dominant forces in the indietronica scene. Known to most as Kasbo, the artist caught the early admiration of influential tastemakers ODESZA for his commitment to sweeping sound designs that are as organic as they are meticulously crafted. After releasing a free five-track EP, Umbrella Club, just last year, and a dazzling single on Foreign Family Collective recently, Kasbo has been working diligently in the studio to build an arsenal of original music for his imminent LP debut. The young talent announced the forthcoming album on his SoundCloud:
“Today is a monumental step in my career and life. I’m beyond ecstatic to announce my debut album called ‘Places We Don’t Know’ is out March 23rd. I’ve been working on this for the better part of two years and it’s been the most challenging, developing and inspiring thing I’ve done in my life. I couldn’t be happier with myself of what I have been able to make and am counting the days till I get to show you guys. It’s a very personal piece and I can’t wait to tell you more about it.”
Unveiled concurrently, the LP’s first single is a brightly crafted original titled “Aldrig Mer” — which translates to “No More.” The song, which features London-based vocalists Tender, is about getting over a past love. The song’s message posits, however, that there is nothing regretful or vindictive about letting go of someone.
Kasbo weaves fluidly between bass-heavy, synth-fueled sequences and airy, lush atmospheres. Aesthetically, the young producer proves himself time and again with his savvy for building dreamy soundscapes that are expressive and idyllic, yet wildly aloof.
“I wanted to make a song based solely on the words “organic”, “harmonic” and “atmospheric” and wanted to take those terms to their edge. I wanted to use as little synths as possible and keep the bulk of the sound as recordings. I wanted the defects of recordings to make it as personal and human as possible, while also keeping the energy and drive of electronic music. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”
If this track is any indication of what is to come, one thing is certain: Kasbo’s first album will be wildly intuitive and wise beyond its years. In support of his debut album, Kasbo is also embarking on his first headlining North American tour this March, with the final stop appearances at both weekends of Electric Forest in late June.
“Places We Don’t Know” Tour Dates:
4/6 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam
4/7 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
4/8 – 4/9 – Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Lights
4/13 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
4/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
4/20 – Boston, MA – Sonia’s
4/21 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
4/26 – Portland, OR – Holocene
4/27 – Vancouver, BC – Celebrities
4/28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
5/4 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram
5/18 – 5/20 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Fest
6/14 – 6/17 – Firefly Music Festival
6/21 – 6/25 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
6/28 – 7/2 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest