Kasbo discloses discerning sophomore LP, ‘The Making of a Paracosm’
The Making of a Paracosm sounds a lot like Kasbo‘s making of a magnum opus.
The successor to 2018’s Places We Don’t Know, Kasbo’s sophomore LP is a project that took shape amid adversity: the unexpected, inexplicable hearing loss that struck the Swedish producer’s left ear in May 2019. Kasbo detailed this “severe hearing loss,” which impaired his ability to hear frequencies below 1,000 decibels, in a September 27, 2019, Facebook post, writing,
“At its worst stage, I woke up every day for weeks with hearing loss and a ringing in my ear. I’m trying my best to be healthy and avoid stress by changing my lifestyle and I feel like it’s improving. I’m finally starting to feel like myself, making music every day, and being creatively excited again. I’m finally starting to feel the spark again which I have missed so dearly.”
That “spark” swiftly caught fire and has since taken shape in The Making of a Paracosm, a discerning, 14-cut endeavor that sees Kasbo push the limits of his sound, to prove that there are in fact no limits. With a thematic focus on Swedish folklore, which represents “a big part of the world of” The Making of a Paracosm, the LP goes beyond the sound constructions and tropes commonly associated with Kasbo’s catalog to usher in a new yet delightfully familiar, recognizable chapter in his release history.
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