When Carl Garsbo landed in Gothenburg at the tail end of 2015, the Swedish producer (better known as Kasbo) couldn’t sit still. “I felt inspired beyond words,” says Garsbo, riding high from a recent trek with his Counter Records labelmates ODESZA and the promising one-two punch of the wildly expressive Umbrella Club EP and tear duct-tapping “World Away” track, he didn’t waste any time. He got right back in the studio.
Garsbo fired up a few remixes first, including The Temper Trap (“Fall Together”), Big Gigantic (“Little Things”), and Mutemath (“Monument”). Once those palate cleansers set the scene for the next Kasbo record, a series of digital singles began to slip out, including the synth-laced balladry of “Found You,” the neon-lit high notes of “Lay It On Me,” and the steady build of “Bleed It Out” rounded out by the robust singer/songwriter skills of Linnea Södahl.
Due out March 23rd through ODESZA’s own Foreign Family Collective and Counter Records, “Places We Don’t Know” is the debut LP Garsbo’s merely hinted at for the past four years. From its minimalist cover to its flurry of endorphin-flooding melodies, the record is a widescreen example of how buoyant beats can make you move and cry. The producer is applying his vision to an ambitious live show as well. Delivering on the promise of previous appearances at Okeechobee, Snowglobe, and CRSSD plus touring alongside Glass Animals & ODESZA, Kasbo headlines America this Spring and will perform at major festivals this summer including Electric Forest, Hangout, and Firefly.