THE first song from Avicii’s upcoming posthumous album has been released – a year after the Swedish DJ’s death.
The 28-year-old music maker, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20, 2018 in Muscat, Oman.
At the time of his death, he had 90 percent of his upcoming album TIM, which will be released on June 6, completed.
Speaking about the new track SOS, American musician Aloe Blacc, who features on the song, said that it provides a strong message to people that it’s OK to ask for help.
He said: “I feel like SOS was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it.”
“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.
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, took his own life during a trip to Oman in April[/caption]
American musician Aloe Blacc features on the new song SOS[/caption]
“To give people the words to be able to say ‘I need help.’ I remember when we did ‘Wake me up’ that was huge and that was the moment that defined the real impact that he had on music.”
Following his passing, his family vowed to release the unheard music to mark a year since his death, with the proceeds from it going towards a foundation set up in his name to prevent mental illness and suicide.
A statement from his family reads: “When Tim Bergling passed away on April 20, 2018, he was close to completing a new album.
“He left behind a collection of nearly finished songs, along with notes, email conversations and text messages about the music.
At the time of his death, he had 90 percent of his upcoming album TIM, which will be released on June 6, completed[/caption]
“The songwriters that Tim was collaborating with on this album have continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible.
“Since Tim’s passing, the family decided not to keep the music locked away – instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world.
“The single ‘SOS’ will be released on April 10 and the album, titled ‘TIM’, on June 6.
“Avicii’s net proceeds from the album will go to the non-profit Tim Bergling Foundation and the purposes it will work for, among other things, to prevent mental illness and suicide.”
Following his passing, his family vowed to release the unheard music to mark a year since his death[/caption]
Talking about the new album, Per Sundin, president of Universal Music Nordic Region, says Avicii had narrowed it down to 16 tracks, and he last spoke to him on the night he arrived in Oman for what would be his final trip.
“Two months after he passed away, we started to say OK, how can we do this, how can we honour him as much as possible with these 16 songs,” Per says.
Avicii’s dad Klas Bergling added: “Tim’s mother and I decided Tim’s music should be released to his fans and to people who want to listen to it. We don’t want it to be locked in.”
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The album was finished, and label bosses worked with Avicii’s collaborators, using texts and conversations they’d had with Avicii when he was alive.
Carl Falk, songwriter, says he went back to the music he’d made with Tim before, and other collaborators drew on the things ‘he’d told you he loved and hated’ at the time.
“It’s been the toughest thing, I won’t say we’ve done it perfectly, but we’re trying to keep it as close to what Tim would have done. We’re not trying to create the biggest hits, but keep it as close to what Tim would have wanted,” says Per.
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