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SXSW review: Swedish House Mafia documentary 'Leave The World Behind'

Leave the World Behind


We came. We raved. We loved.

Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello are Swedish House Mafia in their doc "Leave the World Behind."
Ridley Scott Associates

This is the best way to describe my feelings and hopefully the feelings of other Swedish House Mafia (SHM) fans after the world premiere of the house music supergroup's documentary "Leave The World Behind" on Wednesday night at the Paramount Theatre here in Austin.

The members of SHM (DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso) were not in attendance and the film started one hour late due to technical issues but that didn't seem to dampen the electric mood as fans and friends eagerly awaited the much anticipated music documentary.

They were not disappointed.

Directed by Christian Larson and selected for the "24 beats per second" music film program of the SXSW film festival, "Leave The World Behind" follows the trio on their "One Last Tour" shortly after announcing their split via a message on their website and social media accounts.

What follows is perhaps one of the smoothest and enjoyable music documentaries in years. In fact, "Leave The World Behind" is perhaps one of the best music docs ever in terms of capturing the excitement of the entire electronic dance music scene (EDM) as well as the impact the group has left on the global music industry as a whole.

Not just a tour or concert film, "Leave The World Behind" effectively blends bass thumping concert footage with footage of the group's interactions behind the scenes which shows a friendship steadily rotting away as the 50 show tour goes on.

A blast from start to finish even despite the sad news on which the film is launched with, Larson's "Leave The World Behind" makes an obvious statement as to why the group is calling it quits now without leaving the documentary feeling too negative for SHM and EDM fans to enjoy.

Despite Larson's guess in the post-film Q&A that Swedish House Mafia will not reunite, the film leaves the door open to that possibility sometime in the future. That is an open door fans will be clinging to for years.

As Sebastian Ingrosso insists the group say to the crowd at the end of their final concert in Miami, the three of them are "...still Swedish House Mafia" and fans will never forget that.

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