As part of Sub Pop’s Singles Club series, Pearl Jam lead singer and postal vote maestro, Eddie Vedder has shared a brand new instrumental song called ‘Cartography’. It has been taken from his score for the Robert F. Kennedy documentary Return to Mount Kennedy.
As well as the instrumental track, those who purchase the single through Sub Pop will also get a remix of the track from Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. The remix comes complete with audio of Robert Kennedy responding to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s clear that, for Vedder, the figure of Kennedy is one we need to be paying special attention to: “Listening to the speech delivered by Bobby Kennedy in regards to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago, you are reminded that once again we are at a moment in time when our society can and must do better,” he said in a press release.
He succinctly signs off, “Voting is our most powerful form of nonviolent protest.” It comes after Vedder had used his first post on Instagram to provide a ‘how to’ video on postal voting. It seems that this year’s election is close to Vedder’s heart.
The single’s release will also be used to help fund Fair Fight, a national grassroots voting rights organisation which aims to help everybody who can vote make it to the ballot station. The proceeds of the single will be donated to the organisation.
For now, listen to Vedder’s ‘Cartography’ and Nick Zinner’s remix below: