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.
Out now 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 house beats can make you dance and cry. “Places We Don’t Know” has already garnered more than 26 million collective streams and has seen tremendous support from Spotify and Apple Music. His album records have received 38 inclusions to Spotify New Music Friday playlists and 170+ additions to Best of the Week on Apple Music. Kasbo has been featured as the cover of massive playlists such as mint & Chill Tracks, and was recently included in Billboard Dance’s One to Watch.
Garsbo isn’t letting the story end with these songs, either. The producer has been applying his vision to an ambitious live show, including recent packed performances at Coachella and Hangout Music Festival that delivered on the promise of Kasbo’s previous appearances (Okeechobee, Snowglobe, CRSSD). Kasbo recently finished his first headline tour in North America, selling out every show. Kasbo supported labelmates ODESZA for a string of dates and now joins them for a sold out night at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Kasbo is confirmed for major festival appearances including Electric Forest Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and Splendour in the Grass.