Fans were devastated in mid 2012 when Swedish House Mafia announced they were embarking on One Last Tour before parting ways indefinitely. Former member Steve Angello gave fans something to look forward to earlier this year though, announcing that his debut album, Wild Youth, will be released in the latter half of 2014.
The Swedish superstar just released the album’s first single, "Wasted Love," revealing in an interview with Rolling Stone that the rest of the album is due out this fall. According to Angello, writing the album has been “more like a self-discovery than just going into the studio to satisfy consumers,” explaining that he’s been working on it for the best part of “two years.”
Angello also spoke of working with Dougy from Temper Trap on the single, which is set for release on the 22nd of July. “I met Dougy back in L.A. I think it was a year and a half, maybe two years ago,” he explained. “We just wanted to have a song where our worlds collided a little bit, something that speaks to all of us.” The track does exactly that. It brings together Angello’s distinct dance aesthetic and Temper Trap's unique indie sensibility, combining live guitar solos and spacey, ambient vocals.
According to Angello, it’s part of trying to reconcile his childhood music influences—such as Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Aphex Twin, Moby, Fatboy Slim—and the modern EDM sound. “I’ve been really interested in the live music perspective - rather than just electronic - because I want it to feel alive. That’s why there’s some guitars and strings in the songs.”