Michael Stipe today released his debut solo single, the synthy “Your Capricious Soul,” which comes a full eight years after the breakup of R.E.M. The song can be purchased for download from Stipe’s website, with proceeds benefiting the climate action group Extinction Rebellion.

You can also hear it via the Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed video, posted below.

The track’s 77-cent price will benefit Extiniction Rebellion — there’s also a free-download option — and the release is timed to advance Monday’s International Rebellion climate justice protests. The purchased download package includes the song, the video, a lyric sheet, an animated GIF, a stencil and more.

Stipe says of his decision to finally release new music:

“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.”

Check out “Your Capricious Soul” below — and purchase the single at michaelstipe.com.

 

 

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