In Review: Michael Stipe & Big Red Machine - 'No Time For Love Like Now'
‘No Time For Love Like Now’ is Big Red Machine’s first single since their self-titled, debut album in 2018. Despite the two-year break, the indie-rock superband – featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and The National's Aaron Dressner – have returned with a single as gorgeous as their debut, in collaboration with former R.E.M lead vocalist Michael Stipe.
The characteristic tones of Stipe compliment the stripped-back timbres that BRM gain their distinctiveness from beautifully, gaining attraction to his poignant lyrics: "Where did this all begin to change / The lockdown memories can't sustain / This glistening, hanging free fall."
According to Stipe, ‘No Time For Love Like Now’ was written last autumn, but its words suited the current universal experience of self-isolation and lockdown appropriately.
Admittedly, a lot of singles released during lockdown that focused on the pandemic were at first exciting, but are now becoming tedious. Luckily, ‘No Time For Love Like Now’ avoids this dullness, with lyrics that are seemingly applicable to a life outside of lockdown. Nevertheless, Stipe’s calls for love and companionship, in times where these are lacking, are still just as moving.
Though at times its repetitiveness creates a sense of predictability, it does not hinder the single in achieving its unique loveliness; not only is this song an emotive call for love when the world needs it most, it is also charitable. All proceeds from the song’s t-shirt and tote bag are going to the Equal Justice Initiative and COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund.
'No Time For Love Like Now' is out now on 37d03d.