R.E.M. released a previously recorded song called, “Fascinating,” to raise money for Hurricane Dorian disaster relief.
According to a press release, the song was created back in 2001. Michael Stipe originally wanted the track to end up on Reveal, but it failed to make the final cut. The song was given another chance when the band was recording Around the Sun, but ultimately felt that the song’s sound did not fit with the rest of the album.
The track can be purchased with proceeds going to Mercy Corps, a disaster relief organization. The song can be streamed at Bandcamp and downloaded for a minimum donation of $2. Mercy Corps is working to provide 3,000 families with emergency kits and solar lanterns that have USB ports for charging mobile devices.
Listen to the song here.