R.E.M. called it quits in 2011, leaving many to wonder if front man Michael Stipe would embark on a solo career — and eight years later, he has premiered a new single, “Your Capricious Soul.”
The song showed up over the weekend, and is his first piece of solo music ever released and the first we’ve heard from him since 2011, when the iconic band went its separate ways.
The song is available for download from Michael Stipe’s website, with proceeds benefiting Extinction Rebellion, an activist group working to combat the effects of climate change.
More, from the news release:
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.
Said Michael Stipe in a statement about the song and its charitable angle:
I took a long break from music, and I wanted to jump back in. 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.”