Swedish House Mafia Makes a Reappearance


Claire Hein, Staff Writer

Swedish House Mafia is a Swedish House music supergroup consisting of DJ Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Their music qualifies as progressive and electric EDM, or pop. Swedish House Mafia released their newest album, “Paradise Again,” on April 15. It consists of 17 songs and features artists A$AP Rocky, 070 Shake, Ty Dolla $ign, The Weeknd, Sting, and others. This album pairs emotive vocals with bright synths and pop melodies. There is a great balance of originality from the music group, while featuring artists that carry a recognizable tune.

Swedish House Mafia intrigued me as a listener, because of the reformation of dance music history. While listening, the techno beats almost feel as if you are in the club surrounded by a DJ and dancing. This album appeals to a variety of ages as well because the young people like to get pumped up, while some adults appreciate the 90s disco synth. One of my favorite songs on the album is called “Lifetime,” because it has nice electric instrumentals you could dance to, while maintaining a chill ambiance. This album contains a decent mix of songs that can be listened to in multiple different scenarios or times. Swedish House Mafia makes a melancholic song with The Weeknd, more electrifying and upbeat. Then following, comes a beautifully done piano driven interlude, “Jacob’s Note.” Nearing the end of the album, Swedish House Mafia made “Another Minute,” which is a more emotional track about loneliness and struggling. The vulnerability in some songs in the album speaks volumes and can be easily related to by fans. Finishing with “For You,” the group makes a heartfelt dedication to the fanbase in a hedonistic celebration. 

Overall, I would recommend this album to electronic, pop, or EDM listeners. Swedish House Mafia may be outdated to some, but I would disagree as this album did not fail to put me in a good mood as it is simply well produced.