It brings me an ample amount of joy to make the following statement; 2018 is the best year dance music has had in a long time. Since the EDM bubble blew up in the late 2000s and the commercial and mainstream takeover we’ve seen in the 2010s, there has been a noticeable decline in the
The aesthetically pleasing visuals behind him may have set a serene scene for Brooklyn’s famed Knitting Factory on Thursday, April 19, but beyond that, Kasbo truly seized the city’s soundscape. Throughout most of human history, we were wanderers, a nomadic race simply not meant to settle. In recent time, however, mankind has taken on a
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Downtempo, dreamlike tones and Shallou’s gossamer vocals epitomize harmonious sound on Souls, the seven-track EP that the indie electronic artist previewed with the release of singles “Find,”—featuring Kasbo and Cody Lovaas — and “Vignette,” that led up to its release.
At once emotive and affective, the production sources its poignancy from its ambient melodies, rich synth work, and soulful vocals, elements that collaboratively make for an easy listening experience, while further underscoring Shallou as a producer who will continue to be one to watch with each successive release. Duly refreshing and possessive of a confessional serenity that is distinctly and stylistically Shallou, Souls is an immersive and intimate production that further invites listeners into Shallou’s sonic sphere.
Released via Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records, Kasbo’s debut album Places We Don’t Know is a sonic bildungsroman.
“Conceptually the album is about romanticizing a naïve worldview,” the Swedish producer said of the LP. “That [naiveté] and ignorance is something to be cherished. There’s something really beautiful about the perfect worldview you have as a kid, that the world is harmless, beautiful, and good. The more you learn and experience though, the more you realize everything isn’t perfect. So the less you know, the more beautiful it is, it’s the things we haven’t done, the places we don’t know, that have this unquestionable beauty. It’s this world I’m trying to mirror with my album, the one that stays in your imagination.”
Kasbo’s aspiration to first capture, and then encapsulate a whimsical, puerile innocence of mind and disposition via sound is conceptually regressive in its harkening back to a simpler perspective, untainted by worldly awareness. The wide-eyed, evergreen youth of Places We Don’t Know blinks back at listeners through “Stay With Me” and “Bleed It Out.” “They talk, but I keep dreamin’/And I don’t get what to resist,” vocalist Nea sings on “Bleed It Out.”
Places We Don’t Know denotes duly a clear vision of construction, and an irony: the debut album that embraces the innocuous bliss of the unknown and the inexperienced, is itself emblematic of Kasbo’s own progression. The nostalgic release seeks repose in a state of childlike naiveté while surging forth as an emblem of Kasbo’s growth and experiences. In the trajectory classic of a bildungsroman, Kasbo comes of age as an artist through the release of Places We Don’t Know.
“Musically I knew I wanted to do a sonic representation of the concept, blending worldly sounds with small bedroom type samples and soundscapes,” Kasbo stated of the album’s constructional basis. “I really loved the idea of those two polarizing things being the two main factors that would lay the ground for the album.”
Kasbo’s predilection for lush soundscapes that mellifluously and unhurriedly develop in tandem with a serene vocal part figures in “About You” and “Bara Du,” among other track listings.
Places We Don’t Know gained momentum through the release of the album’s first single, the Tender assisted “Aldrig Mer.” Future bass found its own place on the tracklist via the second single, “Your Tempo.” “Find” and “Over You,” the final singles that offered a sample of the sound of Places We Don’t Know prompted the it to gain further traction prior to its March 23 arrival.
A release unfettered by the consciousness that comes with age, Places We Don’t Know is a heart-strirring, vernal gaze backwards in time.
A downtempo dreamscape, and the latest single to be surprise released by Swedish producer Kasbo, “Over You” arrives as “one last sneak peek” of what remains to come on Kasbo’s debut studio album, Places We Don’t Know, due out on March 23.
Wondrous in the intricacy of its construction, “Over You” layers the inimitable rasp of Frida Sundemo‘s vocal over a collection of background chords that capture bliss in their light toned and slow paced build. “Over You” gently ebbs and flows, optimistically glimmering in its gradual rises and falls, arriving as a production that is well deserving of the designation “ethereal.”
Kasbo convenes with house producer Shallou and singer-songwriter, Cody Lovaas on “Find,” an ambient, fluid production in which listeners can luxuriate. The track’s midtempo, chill pop packaging sets ethereal melodic waves into motion, the single’s melody temperately ebbing and flowing in a manner that is the epitome of sonic tranquility.
The production is a seamless amalgamation of Kasbo’s evocative, euphonic approach, and Shallou’s equally mellifluous style. Lovaas’ vocals sit serenely suspended over “Find’s” silk background beat, making for a polished final product that sources its success from it equanimity.
At only 22 years of age, Carl Garsbo is becoming one of Sweden’s most inimitable forces in the indietronica scene. Known to fans as Kasbo, he 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 announcing his debut album last month, Kasbo returns to the gambit with a stunning new single, entitled “Your Tempo,” that he says helped him define what he wanted his forthcoming LP to be:
“‘Your Tempo’ is about expressing to the person you love there’s no need to stress. You have so much time to explore life and to explore each other, but the person is unable to enjoy the beauty of that since their mind is always at the next step.”
The track taps into Garsbo’s brand of soulful and evocative electronic music, featuring future bass elements that are as deep and organic as it’s soaring lyrics. “Your Tempo” is a refreshing ballad that stands out in an ever-increasing banal genre of dance music.
If the track is any indication of what is to come, one thing is certain: Kasbo’s first full-length album will be wildly intuitive and wise beyond its years. In support of his debut album, out March 23rd, 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.
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
Sweden’s Kasbo is back with what we think might be his best song yet. It’s called “Aldrig Mer” and features impressive vocals by the artist, Tender. Together these two are definitley a great team, Tender’s vocals fit Kasbo’s slick production style perfectly. We would love to see more collaboration between them down the line. Kasbo starts things
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.
Tired of a SoundCloud feed packed with Post Malone remixes, edits and covers? I thought I was, too — until I heard StéLouse‘s cover of “Rockstar” with Still Haze and Manus. StéLouse takes us back to a “gone but never forgotten SoundCloud era of 2014” with a feel-good cover of the iconic song, coming at the listener hard with the Flume vibes. A swinging beat, gorgeously redone vocals that are arguably much better than the original, and a light trap beat give their cover a life all of its own. It’s revamped my love of the song in a whole new way.
In their latest release, drum & bass powerhouse duo Koven tap into their dark side. “With You” is ushered in by Katie Boyle’s strong vocals and a delicate piano melody that quickly builds into something more forceful. Six-minute “With You” is a formidable BPM-cranked journey that ends the UK pair’s successful year on a strong note, showcasing all the best parts of their skill set.
Lost Kings have been on fire on 2017, shifting their focus to from remixes to original content like “Look At Us Now,” “Quit You,” and “First Love.” They’re rounding out the year with another original: a catchy pop-influenced number called “Don’t Call.” The single is a classic Lost Kings track, centered on catchy vocals and a solid dance beat. And don’t worry — they’re still in the remix game.
Kasbo‘s latest creation is a beautiful but melancholy single. He calls “Snow In Gothenburg” one of the most atmospheric and personal tracks he’s ever made, and that’s made completely clear by the somber soundscape he paints as the song progresses. “The song itself about loneliness and isolation, and the freedom of coming to terms with those feelings,” he says. “Seeing the beauty of realizing that everyone has their own ways to go in life and that not everyone is supposed to have someone.”
For the final track of this week’s playlist, we shift gears completely. Monstercat veteran Ephixa and label newcomer Bossfight thrill in this heavy electro creation called “Subside.” With dancing synth melodies and pounding bass, these two take the listener on a wild ride throughout their collaboration, with countless unexpected twists and turns. The surprise factor throughout the course of the song makes it practically unclassifiable, putting “Subside” in a league of its own.