Michael Stipe primes first solo single Your Capricious Soul for release

Photo: Paul Bachmann

Photo: Paul Bachmann

Michael Stipe is ready to release his first piece of solo music since the end of R.E.M. back in 2011.

Your Capricious Soul is set to be made available exclusively from Stipe’s website from Saturday, October 5th with proceeds going towards the climate change action group Extinction Rebellion. “I took a long break from music, and I wanted to jump back in,” Stipe has said.

“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 has already had a live outing, at New York’s Webster Hall earlier this year.

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