Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is releasing new music. ‘You Capricious Soul’ is Michael’s first official solo song.
In a statement Michael explains the eight year gap between the break-up of R.E.M. and the launch of his solo career at age 59 and first song to benefit Extinction Rebellion.
“I took a long break from music, and I wanted to jump back in,” he says. “I love “Your Capricious Soul” – it’s my first solo work. I want to add my voice to this exciting shift in consciousness. Extinction Rebellion gave me the incentive to push the release and not wait. Our relationship to the environment has been a lifelong concern, and I now feel hopeful—optimistic, even. I believe we can bring the kind of change needed to improve our beautiful planet earth, our standing and our place on it.”
“Your Capricious Soul” is available exclusively from MichaelStipe.com.
At MichaelStipe.com it explains:
The release is timed to coincide with October 7th’s “International Rebellion” climate justice protests. And, for the following 365 days, Stipe is redirecting all of his earnings from sales and synchronization licensing to Extinction Rebellion to help aid their work of non-violent protest of government inaction to the climate emergency.
The track release is accompanied by a striking video work by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson. The download is priced at 77 cents but those who prefer to give more can enter an amount of their own choosing. A free download option is also included.