UPDATE 4/10 | Avicii’s new song “SOS” with Aloe Blacc is out now. Listen here.
Avicii‘s tragic death has left many questions — and fans are hoping his new music will provide answers. The producer took his own life at age 28 on April 20, 2018. Coming up on a year, his posthumous album is almost here.
This June, his family has plans to oversee the release of Tim, an entire album nearly finished at the time of his passing. The first track, “S.O.S.” arrives April 10th. As the title suggests, it may be a call for help.
The New York Times recently sat down with Avicii’s closest family and peers to get a better grip on his latest music and his state of mind at the time of his death. Which, may be closely related if we listen.
No matter who you ask, Avicii was in a better place than friends and family had seen him in years, leading up to his unexpected death. They describe him as “excited.” He made plans and he seemed to look forward to the future. It’s a dramatic contrast from the star’s defeated state seen in the Avicii: True Stories documentary. Again, this leaves more questions than answers.
For the new, forthcoming single, “S.O.S.” Avicii wrote lines that Aloe Blacc sings with a “special urgency.” He’s the same voice behind “Wake Me Up.”
Can you hear me, S.O.S. / help me put my mind to rest
According to the article, most of Avicii’s songs were 75 – 80 percent completed at the time of his death. He left behind specific notes about them on his phone and computer. It was almost as though he knew someone else would have to finish the music for him.
For the last six months, Carl Falk has been the one working diligently in studio with a ghost. “I was trying to produce through someone else’s eyes and ears — someone who’s not here,” he explains. “It was really hard not to criticize yourself the whole time. Would he like this? What would he have done?”
His entire team believes that whatever Avicii had to say, he says it through this album. Check back soon to hear “S.O.S.”