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Michael Stipe's post REM music

Michael Stipe has unveiled his first new music since the break-up of REM.

The singer, whose band split in 2011, has soundtracked the film The Cold Lands.

A clip from the music has made its debut on the Salon website.

Michael, who helped induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, told Salon that he felt pressure working on his first post-REM music.

"I know I work well with other people - to have someone to bounce something off of works for me," he said.

"I wrote melodies and I tend to write along to other people's music. That's what I've done most of my career as a musician."

He added: "I went to (producer) Andy (Gilroy) knowing that if I painted myself into a corner, he'd pull me out - and also that he'd be more than a neutral engineer/collaborator to work with.

"We work really well together. This is, in fact, the first thing that I've done musically since REM disbanded. So, of course, I wanted it to be for something that meant a lot to me. That was important."

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