As a New Year’s gift to fans, Swedish House Mafia have unveiled a new symphonic rework of their enduring classic “One” in collaboration with Jacob Mühlrad. The “One Symphony” was recomposed by the celebrated Swedish art music composer, whom the group tapped for the collaboration on the strength of his meteoric rise in the global modern classical scene, including his substantial choral work Time (2018), the recording of which was issued in 2021 on Deutsche Grammophon, as part of his debut album, making him only the second Swede to ever be published by legendary classical music label.
“Having Jacob’s world meet ours has always been on our minds. His interpretation of One is absolutely incredible and we are so happy to finally release it to the world,” says the three Swedish House Mafia members in a joint comment.
“I felt very inspired and honored when I received the commission,” states Mühlrad. “My starting point in writing ‘One Symphony’ was to use the beautiful simplicity of the main melody originally written as a downward scale movement within the interval of a 5th. The 5th is an interval that exists in all musical traditions in the world. I felt an urge to keep trying to keep the gesture both rhythmically and melodically and vary it as much as possible. At some point the music took over my concept and ‘One Symphony’ revealed itself.”
Among his forthcoming works is a new choir piece commissioned by an acclaimed choir from every continent of the world (except the Arctic). The piece is called Pi and the 100 first decimals of the number, a mathematical constant, is being set to music in Mühlrad’s new piece.
Together with celebrated Swedish conceptual artist Alexander Wessely, Swedish House Mafia and Jacob Mühlrad developed an all-embracing, complete work of art, which combines visual and sound worlds. Wessely has a multidisciplinary approach and works both with photography, film and sculpture to build his expression where silhouettes and contrast creates a narrative and drama. In the same manner, the “One Symphony” video, which will be unveiled before the end of January, lingers between realism and surrealism.
The “One Symphony” release kicks off what promises to be a landmark year for Swedish House Mafia, who initiated a highly anticipated reunion last year with a trio of new singles (their collaboration with The Weekend “Moth To A Flame,” “Lifetime (ft. Ty Dolla $ign & 070 Shake),” and “It Gets Better”), a Billboard cover story, a highly artful performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the announcement of an international tour for 2022, marking their first proper run since 2012 (see full dates below). The band’s forthcoming full length Paradise Again, is slated for release in 2022, more info to come soon.
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA 2022 TOUR DATES
Thu Sep 29 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena
Fri Sep 30 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro Arena
Sun Oct 2 – London, UK – The O2
Thu Oct 6 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
Sat Oct 8 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena Birmingham