Remembering Avicii

Avicii’s recent passing has shocked the EDM world. I want to avoid euphemisms in this post because I don’t think it benefits anyone in this conversation. Avicii tragically committed suicide at a very young age. I want to celebrate Avicii’s music with this post, but I also want to take a moment to talk about depression and suicide. Depression is still stigmatized, but as a physician, I can tell you that it is a disease like any other. While life stressors certainly contribute, the basis is an imbalance of neurotransmitters that can be treated. Spread the word that depression is a treatable disease and one that we should not be too proud or embarrassed to admit to. If you or anybody you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide please reach out to friends, family, or even strangers (including me).

With that said, here are my five favorite Avicii tracks. He was one of the pioneers of EDM that caused the genre to break into the mainstream and these tracks all have a special place in my life.

Seek Bromance

Fade into Darkness

Levels

Silhouettes

Drowning

 

 

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Terrible Track: Waiting For Love- Avicii

There have been many ignominious entries into my blog’s “Terrible Tracks” category, and this new track from Avicii hangs with the worst of them.  Honestly, its hard to criticize a music video about the love between a soldier and his loyal dog, and maybe that is why Avicii used that relationship as the focus of the song. Perhaps wrapping this nonsense in those sentiments will deflect criticism and fool casual EDM fans into thinking that the music is good.

1:31 is warbly, video game sounding poison for your ears.

3:20 will puncture your eardrums. Such awful shrillness.

Watch this and recall the days when Avicii made real music.

May I suggest these feel-good tracks instead? This is my brand of feel-good music. They are realistic, sober, and honest songs about love and friendship. The first one really starts at between 2:50 and 3:15.