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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe set to release debut solo single


Nearly ten years after R.E.M. split up, Michael Stipe has announced his intentions to finally release his debut solo single.

This weekend, on October 5th, Stipe will share ‘Your Capricious Soul’, his debut single which will be made exclusively to order through the musician’s own official website.

“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,” Stipe said in a statement. “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.”

You can see a clip of Stipe performing the track live, below.