Avicii’s family have announced the release of a new posthumous album by the Swedish DJ.
The producer, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in his hotel room in Oman on April 20, 2018. It was later confirmed he had taken his own life. He was 28 years old.
His family have now confirmed a new record, titled ‘TIM’, will be released on June 6. ’S.O.S.’, the first single from it, will arrive on April 10.
In a statement, Avicii’s family said: “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.”
They continued to explain the songwriters he had been working have had “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,” they said. The statement also confirmed that net proceeds from the album would go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, which Avicii’s family launched last month. The non-profit will focus on mental health and suicide prevention to begin, but there are plans to expand its reach with initiatives to help climate change, endangered species protection, and nature conservation.
According to the New York Times, ‘TIM’ will include songs that explore “psychedelia, Arabian music, sounds of the Caribbean, and more.”
Avicii was honoured at a memorial service in Stockholm in November 2018, seven months after his death. Hundreds of fans gathered at the city’s Hedvig Eleonora Church to join his family in paying tribute to the late star.