Avicii – S.O.S. (feat. Aloe Blacc)
Tim ‘Avicii’ Bergling tragically took his own life on April 20, 2018 at the age of 28. Since then, he’s had an album’s worth of nearly finished music which could have stayed in the dark. His family members decided to release those songs in an album titled ‘TIM‘. However, we are currently graced with the single ‘S.O.S.‘ featuring Aloe Blacc. Aloe is a previous collaborator of Tim’s, hosting his vocals on ‘Wake Me Up‘ in 2013.
‘S.O.S.’ is a blatantly personal track, kicking off the lyrics with “Can you hear me S.O.S., help me put my mind to rest.” His friends and collaborators mentioned how the music shaped its meaning to them after his passing. Aloe’s vocals on the first single sit on a bed of quiet piano chords accompanying hushed plucks. The positive sounding music can bring an interesting contrast to the lyrical content of the track. It draws tropical house elements, and goes into an easy-on-the-ear feeling.
“The songwriters that Tim was collaborating with on this album have continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible.”
Avicii’s family conveyed that proceeds from the album will be donated to the non-profit Tim Bergling Foundation. The foundation is currently setting its focus on mental health and suicide prevention.