R.E.M. have revealed a new mix of “Let Me In,” taken from the upcoming 25th anniversary reissue of Monster, due for release November 1st. Remixed by original Monster producer Scott Litt, “Let Me In” sees Michael Stipe‘s original vocal transformed, bringing the nuances of his performance to the fore of the mix.
The song was written as “a eulogy and an elegy” to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who had died by suicide just months before the making of Monster. Speaking exclusively to the BBC on World Mental Health Day, Michael Stipe recalls “It was a devastating, catastrophic time for us, for everyone. But the song and the way it was recorded respond exactly to that moment, and what it felt like to have had someone that close to us, and who we admired as much as we admired Kurt, take his own life. It was horrible.”
Mike Mills, who swapped his bass for Cobain’s guitar on the track, shares, “It’s Michael’s cathartic release in response to the loss of a good friend and someone we all felt creatively aligned with.”
“Let Me In” also arrives with a new lyric video, directed by Nir Ben Jacob. Watch here.