The first track to be shared from Avicii’s posthumous album, ‘Tim’, has been released.
‘SOS’, which features vocals from the late EDM star’s ‘Wake Me Up’ collaborator Aloe Blacc, was one of a number of tracks that were near completion at the time of the 28-year-old’s tragic death in April 2018. You can hear the track below. The video for the track is comprised of messages and memories shared by fans on Avicii's official website, which has since become a memorial platform.
A seven-minute video documenting the creative process of the track has also been shared. Check it out below.
A statement released last week outlined that the late artist's family had "...decided not to keep the music locked away – instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world”.
Using the extensive notes and email chains that the beloved DJ/producer – real name Tim Bergling – left behind, his numerous collaborators and co-songwriters banded together to finish the album, which will be released in June.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, producer and Avicii collaborator Carl Falk, one of the central artists in completing ‘TIM’, said, “I was trying to produce through someone else’s eyes and ears — someone who’s not here. It was really hard not to criticize yourself the whole time. Would he like this? What would he have done?”
Avicii's net proceeds from the album will be donated to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which was launched in March. The project’s initial work will concentrate on offering support to individuals and organisations in the field of mental health and suicide prevention, before expanding to cover other issues such as climate change, development assistance, nature conservation and the protection of endangered species.
Following Bergling’s tragic death aged just 28, DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.
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