Michael Stipe Releases Solo Debut Single ‘Your Capricious Soul’

By Scott Bernstein Oct 5, 2019 7:50 am PDT

Michael Stipe shared his solo debut single, “Your Capricious Soul,” as a download via MichaelStipe.com accompanied by the video below. The track marks the first release from Stipe as a solo artist following the 2011 breakup of R.E.M.

Stipe unveiled the single today to coincide with “International Rebellion” climate justice protests. The song is available for download from Michael’s site with his proceeds from sales and synchronization licensing going towards Extinction Rebellion for the next 365 days. Extinction Rebellion “works to organize non-violent protest of government inaction to the climate emergency,” as per a press release announcing the single.

“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 explained. “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.”

Watch the video for “Your Capricious Soul” below, which was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson:

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