January 23, 2011

i am flying on a star into a meteor tonight


The next song from R.E.M.‘s forthcoming Collapse Into Now will be played in the UK tomorrow, but leaked into the superfan internet pool this weekend through an accidental (?) posting on the Warner Brothers’ Records site.

The song follows a man wandering in a darkened Berlin (“we walk the streets to feel the ground“) looking at the lights all around, surrounded by people but choking on an alienation that echoes the faceless grey-flannel subway-rider daysleeping vibe I get from their album Up. There is a turbulent ache and distance in this song as he sings “well I don’t mind repeating: i am not complete. I have never been the gifted type.”

Musically this is absolutely a return to the form of the R.E.M. that I deeply love. A friend sent me this with the subject line “welcome back to 1994,” and without trying to resurrect an era, R.E.M. have done something classic yet fresh on this one. There will always be that piercing twang and divine jangle that the boys from Athens can do better than anyone else. I do feel like I am hurtling in the night sky as I sit and listen to this on repeat.

i know, i know, i know what I am chasing
i know, i know, i know that this is changing me

I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight
I am flying on a star, a star, a star
I will make it through the day and then the day becomes the night

I will make it through the night.

STREAM: Uberlin – R.E.M.

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The Murmers message boards are pretty unanimous in echoing my reaction to this song, with one person calling it the best R.E.M. song in ten years, and a succinctly awesome fella just saying: “Dont need any help to cry but these lines have just thrown a serious curveball to an REM cynic like me. Cried. Like a baby. Literally. Fuck you Stipe.”

220px-R.E.M._-_Collapse_into_NowCollapse Into Now will be R.E.M.’s fifteenth studio album (how is that possible?!), and is out March 8th.

EDIT: “Oh My Heart” is also completely, thoroughly breathtaking. Sweet, sad, and true.

Oh my.

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  • I’d have to agree with that best R.E.M. song in ten years comment! Stunning song. Really hoping that the album lives up to expectations.

    Megan — January 24, 2011 @ 2:02 am

  • Indeed. Great words as always. Outstanding acoustic guitar sound as well. I love the solo section too – it really ties everything together.

    Dustin Edge — January 24, 2011 @ 11:48 am

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    this place is the beat of my heart | FOURONEOH,SNAP — January 24, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  • Having heard 3 or 4 tracks from the album now, I cannot wait for release date. Sounds like their best work since Automatic For The People, which is, possibly, my favourite album ever.
    Bring it on !!!!!!!

    Andrew Aldridge — January 25, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  • Really beautiful song ! I am impatient for their next album :D

    BlackBeauty8989 — January 28, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  • I’m a 45 brazilian guy wondering if life could be somehow better than this tiresome of mine. Then I found you!
    I just would like to thank you for the nice inniatiative.

    I wish I could fly on a star onto a meteor tonight.

    Greeting from Brazil,


    P.S.: A kiss for Heather Browne

    Luis — September 2, 2011 @ 10:26 am

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