R.E.M.’s two videos for “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” are quiet and simple. The black-and-white clips were directed by Michael Stipe and Dominic DeJoseph; one features “Melancholia” actress Kirsten Dunst and the other, poet/artist/activist John Giorno.
Dunst’s version plays like a Warhol Factory screen test. She stands in a simple flower-print dress in front of a white wall as her expression changes from happy to sad, mimicking the melancholy and longing of the track. The second version is similar, but Giorno’s expression changes less frequently. In fact, he looks pretty emotionless for much of the clip, only cracking a smile on occasion.
In a statement on their website, Stipe says the videos have “gravity and beauty.” He continued, “To be able to work with John and Kirsten was a dream I carried since we recorded the song, and their participation completes the song for me.”
The band’s final album, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, is out November 15. This song serves as the band’s last single. It’s one of three new tracks on the album, which also features songs spanning their 30-year history. Some tracks that made the final cut include “Everybody Hurts,” “Electrolite,” “Nightswimming” and “Imitation of Life,” to name a few.
R.E.M. announced their split in late September on their website, prompting fans to mourn the loss of the iconic trio. “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band,” their statement read. “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”
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