Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, shocked the world at Ultra Music Festival in 2013 when he brought out a banjo and harmonica player to perform country-infused EDM on the biggest and most EDM stage out there. People were skeptical at first, but then tracks like "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother" became worldwide smashes, validating Avicii's creative vision of fusing the two otherwise unrelated genres. He now looks to push that a little further, collaborating with Zac Brown Band on a new track "Broken Arrows" from his upcoming album Stories. The True producer premiered the song recently in his podcast, Le7els (listen below).
Avicii sings the praises of Zac Brown, saying, "He's an amazing singer and has a really unique voice." That voice opens up the action over a soft piano and slowly building arpeggios before cascading into a twangy synth lead.
The tune is much more EDM then some of the other genre-fusing tracks Avicii has been putting out recently. The rest of the band is primarily silent as Zac Brown takes control of the vocals, but the influence of the band is found in the song writing and the melody.
"Broken Arrows" is slated to be on Avicii's upcoming album Stories. Further details about the LP are limited, but Bergling has started to unveil more music in his live sets and podcasts recently, which could indicate that the album might be coming soon.
Later on in the podcast, Avicii also plays a new track he co-wrote with Chris Martin titled "Heaven," which features the vocals of Cherry Ghost frontman Simon Aldred. Aldred was the featured vocalist on Avicii's recent single co-produced with Martin Garrix "Waiting For Love."
Listen to the track below via Billboard.