SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA SHARE “RAY OF SOLAR”
Electronic music powerhouse Swedish House Mafia, the trio of Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso, have just shared the video for recent single “Ray of Solar,” the second drop of their current era, which the group have promised will culminate in the release of a forthcoming sophomore album. The song’s digital euphoria is paired with a visual by the band’s creative director Alexander Wessley, that pits a sole glowing dancer against the stark contrast of a horde of shadowy figures. “We are proud to finally share the ‘Ray of Solar’ video,” state the band, “a story about duality and how darkness bows to light. Directed and shot by Alexander Wessely.”
|The video arrives amidst a packed schedule of remixes of the track, including re-imaginings by Mau P, Anfisa Letyago, Alex Wann & Sasson – see full list below. “Ray of Solar” joins the recently released single “See The Light (feat. Friday)” as material that will ultimately serve as the foundation for an anticipated new album, the proper follow up to 2022’s Paradise Again, an era that comprised sold out shows at iconic arenas and stadiums across the globe as well as over 2.5 billion streams for the album worldwide.
About Swedish House Mafia:
In 2008, a trio of individual artists, DJs, and producers united to unassumingly break every rule in electronic music. Ensconced in flames, Swedish House Mafia—Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell—infused house music with swaggering hip-hop beat-craft, rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and big screen-worthy grandeur brought to life on stage with one legendary live show after another. Ushering dance music culture out of the warehouses and clubs and into arenas and stadiums on an unrivaled scale, it would be nearly impossible to imagine how the genre might’ve shaken out without them. They became the first electronic act to headline (and sell out) Madison Square Garden in 2011 and the first to grace the main stage at Coachella in 2012. They garnered two consecutive GRAMMY® nominations in the category of “Best Dance Recording” for the platinum “Save the World” in 2012 and quintuple-platinum Hot 100 Top 10 hit “Don’t You Worry Child” in 2013. Rolling Stone described their meteoric rise as “redefining rave culture,” and NME christened them “the rockstars of the dance music world.” The marathon record-breaking One Last Tour paved the way for a five-year break before they returned as surprise headliners of Ultra Music Festival’s 20th anniversary in 2018. Following the Save The World Reunion Tour a year later, this holy trinity of electronic music gods focused on the one thing they hadn’t done yet, making their 2022 full-length debut album Paradise Again [Republic Records]. Their return was announced with the cover of Billboard and garnered immediate press and a late-night television performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon followed with a trending hit “A Moth To A Flame” featuring The Weeknd. Upon arrival, it bowed in the Top 10 of seven global charts, seizing #1 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and #1 on the UK Dance Albums Chart. Moreover, it attracted some of the highest critical praise of the group’s storied career thus far from Pitchfork, NME, and more. It only hints at more to come.
Swedish House Mafia photo credit Michael Drummond