Michael Stipe Releases First Post-R.E.M. Music
Salon premieres the footage and song, which are accompaniment pieces to a new film from Stipe's longtime friend and sometimes-collaborator Tom Gilroy. The pair worked together in 1990 on a series of PSAs called Direct Effect. This time, they've worked together on this bonus piece to his latest film, The Cold Lands.
Stipe tells Salon that the experience was new to him because he "wrote melodies and I tend to write along to other people's music" but had never composed music on his own - so he collaborated with Andy LeMaster of Now It's Overhead, a fellow Athens, Ga., musician, to help in case he got stuck. Stipe confirmed that he played keyboard and drums on the track, while LeMaster played bass. More.