The song is the lead single from Avicii’s upcoming posthumous album, TIM. His family released a statement about the record, and why they’re releasing it.
“He left behind a collection of nearly finished songs, along with notes, email conversations and text messages about the music,” the statement reads.
“The songwriters that Tim was collaborating with on this album have continued the process to get as close to his vision as possible. Since Tim’s passing, the family decided not to keep the music locked away – instead they wanted to share it with his fans all around the world.”
Blacc also released a statement on what it was like working with Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – and his thoughts on ‘SOS.’
“I feel like SOS was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it,” Blacc said.
“He 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 ‘SOS’ below. TIM is out Friday, 6th June.