Avicii’s new track ‘I’ll Be Gone’ isn’t so new
In 2013, Avicii‘s True album was previewed with a promotional mix which served as a response to the overwhelmingly mixed reactions of his polarizing Ultra Music Festival main stage performance. Featuring full studio rips of now household-tracks like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” the mix won over a large amount of mainstream and enthusiastic community support as Tim Bergling flexed his genre-bending abilities to the world. Hidden among the wide array of new productions was “Liar Liar,” and though the version of the track within the set would eventually become known as the ‘Avicii by Avicii’ iteration, the energetic production immediately became a fan-favorite.
What is oft overlooked, though, is Avicii’s meticulous work to find vocals that fit his music well. Those that have listened to Bergling’s works and performances for long enough know that he will even go as far as experimenting with new vocal combinations live. This fact also holds true with the case of “Liar Liar.” In fact, the first version of “Liar Liar” to ever surface (apart from the Aloe Blacc version known as “Black and Blue”) became known as “Stars,” rocking a vocal rumored to be from Joakim Berg.
Last week, Avicii was invited onto Tiesto’s Club Life, where he dug back into his crates to find “I’ll Be Gone,” what is now the official title for the long-lost “Stars” work. While this track has surfaced with a new vocal in high quality for the first time, it is nothing new – the (essentially) identical final form of the production can be found as “Liar Liar” (Avicii by Avicii.)
Don’t be surprised if more of these older cuts begin surfacing from Bergling soon; Avicii recently revealed on his LE7ELS podcast that he plans on reaching into his older stash during future mixes and performances. Until then, this “new” music is loose on the web for you to hear.