Tobias Arbo’s ‘Carousel’ Has A Bittersweet Quality

It's a play on the self and the superego...

Swedish songwriter Tobias Arbo has shared his new song ‘Carousel’.

Blending folk aspects with pop tropes, Tobias Arbo has a lilting, Spring-like quality. Each song feels shot through with light, and his debut EP ‘Powerlines’ lands this Friday (March 31st) via CRC Records.

A multi-faceted project, the EP was mixed by Zach Hanson – who has worked with Bon Iver, and Waxahatchee – while the visual aspects of the release were constructed alongside Olof Grind, who previously worked on Phoebe Bridgers‘ ‘Punisher’ and First Aid Kit‘s ‘Palomino’ album art and photography.

Tobias Arbo utilises a reflective quality in his lyricism, explaining…

“The EP is a contemplation on the self and its different parts, voices, and moods. It’s about listening to the noise of these voices’ endless dialogue and trying to connect with the many parts of oneself that want to be heard. For example, facing the inner child, whose early experiences shape us so much more than we tend to believe, or struggling with the inner critic, who raises self-doubt and prevents us from getting where we want to go.”

New song ‘Carousel’ epitomises this – a gleaming slice of melody, it explores the relationship between the self and the superego.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Olof Grind

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