R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Working On New Solo Material

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has revealed that he is working on new solo music material.

Stipe is working on his first solo project, the first new music he’s written since R.E.M. disbanded eight years ago.

“Eighteen songs are already ready. For five years I’d had a clean break from music. Now I’m writing, composing and recording all by myself and for the first time,” he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

New material from Stipe has been teased via a 40-second song snippet, “Future, If Future”, and during his surprise opening for Patti Smith in May where he performed two new songs: “Your Capricious Soul” and “Drive to the Ocean.”

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