A new Avicci single dropped today from the forthcoming posthumous Avicii album, featuring vocals from ‘Wake Me Up’ singer Aloe Blacc.
The late DJ producer/DJ’s team shared details last week about the new album, simple titled TIM, and is set for release on 6 June.
His friends and collaborators Albin Nedler and Kristoffer Fogelmark said the album was roughly 90 percent finished when Avicii, born Tim Bergling, passed away from an apparent suicide on 20 April of last year. When the album was announced, the family shared in a statement that they “decided not to keep the music locked away – instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world”.
Together Nedler and Fogelmark decided to finish what Bergling had started. “I just get paralyzed by talking about it, but everything was about completing Tim’s version,” Fogelmark shared in the press release.
The two were able to retrace the late producer’s steps, thanks to the save features built in the production software that Avicii used to produce his music.
“He had a completely different way of playing piano and keyboard,” Nedler says. “As a result, his fingers would sometimes strike an unusual key, which added to his unique sound. Tim’s fingerprints are literally across the entirety of ‘SOS’.
Bergling also expressed his desire to work with Aloe Blacc in some of the personal notes he left behind. The pair had previously collaborated on the hit ‘Wake Me Up’.
“I feel like ‘SOS’ was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it,” Blacc says. “He wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles, and I think it’s a really important topic to approach and to share, especially with his visibility and his access to ears and hearts. To give people the words to be able to say ’I need help.’”
Listen to ‘SOS’ here.