Michael‘s first solo release is “Your Capricious Soul”, to be released digitally via his own website – MichaelStipe.com – on Saturday October 5th, 2019. The release is timed to coincide with October 7th’s “International Rebellion” climate justice protests. And, for the following 365 days, Stipe is redirecting all of his earnings from sales and synchronization licensing to Extinction Rebellion to help aid their work of non-violent protest of government inaction to the climate emergency. The song will be available exclusively via MichaelStipe.com upon release and will not immediately appear on any of the major digital streaming platforms. The download is priced at 77 cents but those who prefer to give more can enter an amount of their own choosing. A free download option will also be provided.
The song’s accompanying video was created by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson.
In explaining why he’s chosen to present this latest musical work in this way, Stipe says, “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. 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.”
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