Thursday, March 3, 2011

NEW VIDEOS: R.E.M. 'Uberlin' and 'It Happened Today'

It feels like we’ve been talking about this for a long time, so, finally, it’ll be great to see R.E.M.’s newest album, “Collapse Into Now,” get its release this Tuesday, March 8.

A couple of new videos have surfaced from the project this week.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, “Uberlin” follows Aaron Johnson (he played John Lennon in "Nowhere Boy") walking, jumping and dancing through the streets of London in broad daylight, to the beat of his own drummer with not a care in the world.

Speaking about the video, Taylor-Wood noted: "Michael Stipe gave me complete creative control and trusted me to make this piece for R.E.M." Michael added, "Sam and I had talked about doing something for R.E.M., but I had no idea that she and Aaron would create such a work of beauty. It's as if all the film references instantly updated themselves to "21st Century Now." Taylor-Wood added, "Aaron gave me his wild, free spirit and the collaboration was pure magic."

R.E.M. – Uberlin (2011)

Directed by Tom Gilroy, “It Happened Today follows the story (dream?) of a young man who wanders into a deep, wintery forest.

Watch “It Happened Today” here.

See also:

R.E.M. launch Fan Remix Project
New video: R.E.M. “Discoverer”
New video: R.E.M. “Mine Smell Like Honey”
Hear new R.E.M.: "Mine Smell Like Honey"
VIDEO: R.E.M.’s “Collapse Into Now” trailer