13 settembre 2019 – Venne registrata dai Rem nel 2004 ma è rimasta inedita. Il gruppo composto da Peter Buck, Mike Mills e Michael Stipe, scioltosi nel 2011, ha ora deciso di pubblicare la canzone dal titolo “Fascinating” per contribuire a raccogliere fondi a favore delle Bahamas, duramente colpite dall’uragano Dorian.
Il brano avrebbe dovuto far parte dell’album “Reveal”, pubblicato nel 2001, ma venne scartato all’ultimo minuto per la sua eccessiva lunghezza, nonostante fosse la canzone preferita di Michael Stipe, come riportato nella biografia di David Buckley, “R.E.M. Fiction”.
La canzone venne registrata nuovamente al Compass Point Studios di Nassau, capitale delle Bahamas, nel 2004, per l’album “Around the Sun”, e fu scartata anche questa volta in quanto non in linea con le sonorità del disco.
“Fascinating” è una ballata pop-rock nel pieno stile della band: il brano è disponibile per il download tramite la piattaforma Bandcamp.com. E’ possibile acquistarlo al prezzo di 2 dollari che saranno devoluti all’associazione benefica Mercy Corps.
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The band is sharing previously unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit @mercycorps Hurricane Dorian relief & recovery efforts in the Bahamas. The guys recorded the song in 2004 at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios. It’s now available for download for the first time via http://remhq.bandcamp.com (Link in bio) You can stream the song for free on Bandcamp and download it for a minimum donation of $2 or an amount of your choosing. Proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps’ emergency response and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. About the Song: “Fascinating” first appeared on the original master of 2001’s Reveal before being cut last minute. It was Michael’s favorite song from the Reveal sessions according to Peter’s recollection, as chronicled in David Buckley’s R.E.M. biography, Fiction. “It’s really beautiful,” Mike told Buckley. “It has a flute, oboe arrangement, but it made the record too long… and something had to go.” The track was re-recorded in Nassau for 2004’s Around the Sun, but the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that album. Now this poignant outtake finally finds its fitting moment, as a means to aid the country where the band enjoyed over two months of creative retreat. “I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there,” reflects Mills. “It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Please help us and Mercy Corps do what we can to alleviate the suffering caused by this catastrophe.” Hurricane Dorian hammered the Bahamas’ northwest islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco for 48 hours in early September 2019, causing widespread destruction and leaving 76,000 people homeless and in need of lifesaving assistance. Mercy Corps mobilized immediately and are committed to reaching 3,000 families with emergency kits including mosquito nets, tarps, jerrycans, water-purifying tablets and rope. “We’re grateful to have R.E.M. in our global community of humanitarians, sharing their song with the world to help the people of the Bahamas recover and build back even stronger” said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps. #mercycorps #bahama