Last April burned a hole in every dance music world’s heart when the news broke that Avicii’s sudden and untimely death. It was a defining tragic moment in which EDM fans around the globe remembered exactly where they were in the moment of hearing the news. In the aftermath, fans held onto to every headline that would lead to the eventuality of his death being ruled a suicide.
The event would lead to a global conversation around mental health in the music industry. Avicii’s was the kind of death that became a reminder that musicians give up so much more of themselves than any dollar amount could ever repay—and the more they give, the more that is demanded from them. The movement would lead to the birth of the Tim Bergling Foundation, established by Avicii’s parents to honor his memory as well as promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
In the aftermath, much controversy ensued as to whether Avicci’s final works would ever be released. He had been taking a tour from touring and was working on new material, which, in hindsight, eerily points to the events in his life leading up to his suicide. As it turns out, Avicii’s family opted to release of his final project with Bergling’s closest confidants and collaborators, Vincent Pontaire and Salem Al Fakir, filling in the missing pieces of his unfinished compositions.
Today, June 6, TIM sees its wide release in the form of a 12-track effort that clocks in at only 38 minutes. Along with previously released singles “SOS” with Aloe Blacc and “Tough Love” with Agnes, Vargas & Lagola, the album also boasts high-profile collaborations like “Heaven” with Chris Martin, “Heart Upon My Sleeve” with Imagine Dragons,” and “Hold The Line” with Imagine Dragons. Bergling’s final studio album is not just a dance/pop crossover that is sure to shatter sales and streaming charts, it is also a somber marker in history of an important soul claimed by mental illness.
All proceeds from TIM will be donated to the Tim Bergling Foundation. Stream the full album below.