Michael Stipe is set to release his first solo single, “Your Capricious Soul,” this Saturday, Oct. 5. The announcement comes eight years after R.E.M.’s breakup.
“Your Capricious Soul” will be available for purchase exclusively through Stipe’s website for 77 cents. There will also be a free download option.
Coinciding with the International Rebellion climate justice protests on Oct. 7, the release will benefit Extinction Rebellion as all of the proceeds from the song will go toward the group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to protest government inaction related to the climate emergency. Although the song is priced at 77 cents, fans that would like to give more to the cause can enter an amount of their own choosing.
In a statement, Stipe says, “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.”
Artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson created the video that will accompany the single’s release.
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Article image: Michael Stipe, Credit: Sam Taylor-Johnson