The first posthumous track by Avicii has been released.
‘SOS’, which is set to feature on the upcoming album ‘Tim’ by the Swedish DJ, features guest vocals from Aloe Blacc.
In a statement, Blacc 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. To give people the words to be able to say ‘I need help.’”
You can listen to ‘SOS’ below now.
Last week (April 5), Avicii’s family announced details of the posthumous album. The record is due to arrive on June 6 and will host tracks that the producer was working on before his death. The songwriters he had been working with at the time “continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible”, according to a statement.
Net proceeds from the album will 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.
Avicii, 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.
He 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.