Avicii Stories on 2LP
Avicii aka Tim Bergling's new self-produced album Stories features 14 original songs on which he worked for two years to push himself genre-wise and maintain his commitment to crafting undeniably catchy melodies and personal themes. The result is music that is grounded in its vision and surefooted in its artistry. On Stories, Bergling collaborated with some of music's most distinctive singers/songwriters including Alex Ebert, Matisyahu, Wyclef Jean, Zak Abel, Gavin DeGraw and Zac Brown among others.
"All the songs have a story I wanted to tell," says the 2x Grammy-nominated producer/ songwriter/DJ. "For A Better Day" was written by Bergling and Ebert, and is an emotionally uplifting track that promises "a better day" in the lyric. The rhythmic "Pure Grinding" is a collision of hip hop, soul and electronic sounds with vocals from Swedish songwriter/producer Kristoffer Fogelmark and U.S.-based Earl St. Clair.
The new music on Stories is informed by Bergling's experiences since the release of his genre-busting, multi-platinum debut True; experiences which vary radically from the elation of playing for 80,000 hometown fans in Stockholm and selling 500,000 tickets on his True Tour to having an illness that necessitated the cancellation of a year's worth of tour dates. Rather than making a total departure from True, Stories builds on it. Bergling says the album "refines what I didn't feel was perfect last time. I think there are more layers to the songs than before, and every song has been written on acoustic guitar, so the structure is different."
Avicii's Stories is rich and varied, with melodies that carry the listener on a roller coaster of emotions. He characterizes the lyrics on a track with Matisyahu and Wyclef Jean as 'an old school reggae protest song.' He teased "Broken Arrows" with the 'amazing voice' of Zac Brown on his monthly Le7els podcast. The album also includes the single "Waiting for Love," which was #1 in 22 countries and features the powerful vocals of UK-based artist Cherry Ghost, aka Simon Aldred. Avicii ties in his own 'story' paying homage to his hometown on the dreamy pop song "Somewhere In Stockholm," giving the album a strong, personal reference point. The enormity of the success of True gave him the freedom to be able to make rock songs and ballads, and explore reggae, blues, and jazz, and he's made the most of that freedom on Stories.