Expressive dance meets with stark cinematography in the visual accompaniment for Swedish House Mafia’s August single.
Swedish House Mafia know how to make a statement. Last month, the EDM supergroup shared a curious amalgam of styles titled “Ray Of Solar.” The track’s official music video is here — and if the song wasn’t stuck in your head before, these visual themes will surely etch it in your memory.
In the video directed by Alexander Wessley, a mass of dancers’ bodies can be seen barely moving in the shadows as symphonic elements give way to a powerful vocal in the early bars of “Ray Of Solar.” A lone dancer played by Anastasia Shevtsova emerges wrapped in an angelic light, and as the song’s rave piano melody takes center stage they all erupt into frenzied motion. Abstract as it may be, the “Ray Of Solar” music video matches the distinctive musical palette of its namesake single.
Swedish House Mafia consists of three famous Swedes: Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. They each led successful solo careers in their own right before the group launched in earnest in 2008. Commercially impactful singles like “One,” “Leave The World Behind” and especially “Don’t You Worry Child” made them a household name among dance music fans right at the onset of the EDM boom.
Swedish House Mafia disbanded in 2012, remaining somewhat cryptic about their reasons for the decision. Then, in 2019, they announced a reunion tour that would kick off with a performance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, where they last played as a group before the split. 2021 marked the release of their debut studio-length album, Paradise Again, and earlier this year they released a live album of songs from the effort.