Former R.E.M. Singer's New Track

2014-06-06 by Alex Carlson | 10 Comments
Former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe has released a new song, his first release since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011. The song was created as a complementary soundscape for
the film The Cold Lands, a feature created by Stipe's long-time friend Tom Gilroy.

The three-minute track mixes steady rhythms with melodic synths, distorted electronics and even a little bit of mandolin, but contains no vocals.

It may not be the expected follow-up from one of the godfathers of alternative rock, but...it's music from Michael Stipe, take it or leave it.

Check out the track's debut on Salon.com:
http://www.salon.com/2014/06/04/michael_stipes_the_cold_lands_soundtrack_his_first _new_music_since_r_e_m_s_disbandment/

Tagged: R.E.M.

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BMDrummer
June 6th 2014
10946 Comments


Will check later, although R.E.M.'s later stuff is kind of strange so I don't know what to expect.

CK
June 6th 2014
5030 Comments


Strange? I think you meant boring

CK
June 6th 2014
5030 Comments


[double post]

BMDrummer
June 6th 2014
10946 Comments


Yeah, but it's still strange for them. Even my dad can admit he doesn't like their later stuff.

StallionMang
June 6th 2014
6524 Comments


Yeah R.E.M. started sounding really lethargic toward the end of their career (except maybe on Accelerate)

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someguest
June 6th 2014
21941 Comments


There should have been a Stipeulation where he couldn't do solo albums after REM disbanded.

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JohnXDoesn't
June 7th 2014
1287 Comments


rem ended with an unfortunate thud. their drummer left and they decided they just couldn't continue as before without him! which was pretentious imo but that was the attitude. so they made the "Up" album. an album without a drummer on it, essentially. how the hell are you gonna be a rock 'n roll band without a drummer?

then came Reveal. more accessible then Up but still coming off like REM lite. then came Around The Sun. this album they thought was going to be another Automatic For The People. they meant to do it, and when the recording was done they were sure they had. it was mediocre, at best. and yeah, boring. by the time they got some swagger back for Accelerate it was all but lost

big thing was expectations, too. they had just signed a new record deal. one of the biggest in history! and they deliver shit thereafter

PostMesmeric
June 7th 2014
425 Comments


@someguest

I guess Gilroy paid him a big Stipend check to make music for his film.

JohnTheSavage
June 7th 2014
93 Comments


Huh. Not expecting this to be good but what I hated about the last few albums was how safe they sounded, so ...

someguest
June 9th 2014
21941 Comments


@someguest

I guess Gilroy paid him a big Stipend check to make music for his film.


lol

well played



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