Almost a year to the date, Avicii‘s sudden death sent shockwaves around the world that shook the dance music community in particular. His suicide would not only spark a national dialogue over mental health and working in the music industry, but lead to the Tim Bergling Foundation, a charity founded by Avicii’s parents in support of mental health and suicide prevention.
Now, the Bergling family has announced an entire legacy album full of originals that Avicii had been working on in the months leading up to his death. Titled Tim, the LP lands in June, but is officially kicking off with its first release, “SOS.,” sometime today.
In the meantime, Vevo has shared a touching behind-the-scenes of the track with Kirstoffer Fogelmark and Alben Neddler, co-songwriters and co-producers of the track, who’d also worked with Tim Bergling on the track “Pure Grinding.” Also featured in the video is Aloe Blacc, whose vocals were featured on the defining Avicii track “Wake Me Up.”
“I feel really honored that he asked for me. And I feel like ‘SOS’ was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it,” says vocalist Aloe Blacc somberly of the track. “He wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles. And I think a really important topic 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.'”
Watch the full heartfelt making of “SOS” below along with a 10-second snippet of the song, landing today on Avicii Recordings AB/Universal Music.