A new version of ‘Fades Away’ (feat. Noonie Bao) – the finishing track on the Avicii posthumous album TIM released earlier this year and written by Avicii (Tim Bergling), Carl Falk, Joakim Berg and Joe Janiak – is now out and you can hear it below.
Featuring the artist MishCatt, the new version of ‘Fades Away’ will be performed at the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness at Friends Arena in Avicii’s hometown of Stockholm today, 5 December.
“This was the first song that came out of the sessions with Tim, Carl Falk, Joe Janiak and me in the spring of 2018. Tim and Joe met for the first time this day, and Tim just loved Joe’s voice and vibe from the start”, says Joakim Berg, speaking of how ‘Fades Away’ was constructed.
“We talked briefly about 60s & 70s bands and artists being quite comfortable working in pop but still having this otherworldly weirdness about their songs. How they made giant leaps in mood and feel within just one song. This conversation unintentionally seeped into ‘Fades Away.’
“Carl started toying around with a climbing chord sequence on a synth with a piano sound and Joe sang along with Tim directing the rhythm. That became the verse and the rest was very fast. I had some chords and the beginning of the melody to the fades away part before the drop and it has a very 60’s feel chord/melody-wise and is kind of weird but pretty. Tim and Joe finished the melody and came up with the words.
“The drop part with the staccato strings was originally played by Joe and Carl on two acoustic guitars, Tim had the staccato melody down on keys and then he was making Carl play a super-fast, very specific rhythm with hard accents that was really difficult to play but sounded quite amazing and was hilarious to watch. Tim just loved the “don’t you love it, how it all just fades away” part of the lyric.
“It may now come across as a sad song, but for us in the studio, writing it, we felt it was uplifting and light-hearted. We wrote it in a bright mode, sort of carefree, and there were lots of laughing and joking, so for me Fades Away will always be a positive song, a simple message about accepting changes, the passing of time and making the best of what you have.”