“SOS” Feat. Aloe Blacc Is The First Single From Avicii’s ‘Tim’ LP
Last week, Avicii’s family announced that they would pay tribute to their late son by releasing a posthumous album of his music. The first single from TIM arrives today (April 10) and it’s a bittersweet reminder of the Swedish DJ’s mastery of EDM. “SOS” can be interpreted as a literal call for help or a simple love song, and it works on both levels. Fittingly, the song features the distinctive vocals of Aloe Blacc — the man who voiced Avicii’s breakthrough hit, “Wake Me Up.”
How authentic is “SOS” to Tim Bergling’s (his real name) vision? According to co-producers, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer Fogelmark, the song was almost finished at the time of his death. Through a program called Fruity Loops, they were able to track and preserve Avicii’s exact keystrokes. “He had a completely different way of playing piano and keyboard,” Nedler says. “As a result his fingers would sometimes strike an unusual key, which added to his unique sound. Tim’s fingerprints are literally across the entirety of ‘SOS.'”
As for Aloe’s involvement, he feels that is important to share the song’s message. “I feel like ‘SOS’ was a song that was probably ahead of its time,” he explains. “[Avicii] 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.'” Listen to the emotional banger below.