TIM, the third and posthumous album from superstar DJ Aviici is out today, which was a collaborative effort between his friends and peers.
Named after the late legend and EDM pioneer Tim Bergling, TIM is comprised of the 12 tracks the producer had started working on before his death last year on 20 April 2018.
The acclaimed producer/musician/songwriter had announced his retirement from touring but never stopped making music. “I will however never let go of music,” wrote Bergling at the time of his announcement. “I will continue to speak to my fans through it.”
And continued he did, working with a host of collaborators including Coldplay’s Chris Martin on the song ‘Heaven’ and ‘Heart Upon My Sleeve’, featuring Imagine Dragons.
The remaining 10 tracks on the album were 90 percent complete, but thanks to the detailed instructions he had left behind, many of Bergling’s longtime collaborators stepped in to finish what he had started.
A series of singles were released leading up the release of TIM including ‘SOS’ featuring Aloe Blacc, which has already topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic songs chart and ‘Tough Love’, featuring production duo Vargas & Lagola.
Upon the album’s release, Spin magazine ran a cover story that detailed the making of the album and Bergling’s last days. The story talks about Bergling’s perfectionist work ethic and his obsessive dedication to his art, both which took a toll on his health.
“TIM underscores Bergling’s longstanding mastery of effervescent, indelible melodies while also reflecting evolved influences, song structures and ideas. It is at once quintessential Avicii and a slick, smart evolution of modern dance/pop music,” writes Spin.
Along with the album’s release, there’s also a series of behind-the-scenes videos that tell the story of how the album came together, track by track.
Following his passing, Bergling’s parents decided their son would want the music he worked so hard on to be out in the world and made the decision to release the album. They also determined that all of the net proceeds from the album would go to the non-profit Tim Bergling Foundation, which benefits organizations that support mental health issues, suicide prevention and education, wildlife conservation and other issues that Bergling had an interest in and passion for.
TIM can be bought here.