Following the glowing release of his most recent album, The Making of a Paracosm via ODESZA‘s Foreign Family Collective and Counter Records, Kasbo took the time to chat with us about the body of work, his sound and its progression over time, alongside how he’s influenced by Sweden.
Read through it below!
Thank you! I find making music serves as a sort of escape from the current climate and world, which in a lot of ways can be a huge relief, especially during 2020. I wanted to explore that more, where I go when I make music. The answer being my own Paracosm. The music was a tool for me to reach it, so in turn i wanted to hone in on that and create music FOR that world and OF that world, so it not only could serve as an escape for me, but also others.
I had found Darren Oorloff on instagram and was very inspired by his work. We were discussing the idea of duality in animals in vast beautiful landscapes as the theme, and after a few different variations we landed on the Crane artwork.
I’d say so. I’ve always resonated with music that’s really expressive and almost cinematic and felt like that’s something I want to do. For this album I really wanted to push that aspect of the music, as the concept was equally cinematic and escapist.
Probably snö. It’s a melody I’ve held onto for years, waiting for the right ideas to come to make it into a Kasbo song. I think what defines a Kasbo song on this album is a lot broader than previously. So snö kind of represents that gain of confidence for me as an artist, like “Yeah i’ll write a 4 minute piano song without drums and put it on a EDM album.”
I think now more than ever the music is more cinematic and somewhat ambient, but also more experimental. I think it’s something that has come with my increased confidence in myself as a producer.
Nature here in Sweden inspires me alot and has been a common theme throughout the album, I don’t think I would have made “The making of a Paracosm” if i was living in an apartment in LA.
This changes all the time but right now Sufjan Stevens would be nice.
I actually don’t know myself! Equally exciting and terrifying.
We’d like to thank Kasbo for taking the time to chat with us and answer our questions. Lastly, listen to the stellar The Making of a Paracosm below!
Cover Photo Credit: Olof Grind