R.E.M. – “Oh My Heart”

By brandon / January 3, 2011

The third taste of Collapse Into Now arrives via “Oh My Heart.” The gentle, echoing ballad (of sorts) debuted at NPR along with some words about the song from Michael Stipe. The production reminds me of (R.E.M. fans) the Walkmen. Read Stipe’s thoughts before you listen:

It’s a very quiet and very meditative song dedicated to New Orleans — about New Orleans. Jacknife [Lee] is great as a producer, because he saw that we were struggling with what is a very quiet song. We were standing really far away from each other in the room, and it was hard not only to actually physically hear each other, but it felt dispersed. He brought us into the middle, and instantly, of course, the song worked.

Collapse Into Now is out 3/8 via Warner Bros.