Michael Stipe Collaborates with River Phoenix's Sister

New track included on release by River and Rain's band

January 24, 2019
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Two unreleased tracks by the late River Phoenix’s band Aleka’s Attic are set to be released, along with a new collaboration by his sister Rain Phoenix and former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

All three songs will make up “Time Gone,” a 10” limited edition vinyl release being sold for $18 by Kro Records. You can preorder it here.

The trailer above shows childhood clips of River and Rain and is set against “Scales & Fishnails,” one of the Aleka’s Attic songs on the release.

Rain Phoenix and Stipe sing together on “Time is the Killer.” Rain told Rolling Stone the two have been friends for a long time and it took a lot of courage to ask him to work with her. She says the track is about the “bittersweet outcome of everything changing all the time.”

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River Phoenix was best known as a teen heartthrob actor who starred in films like Stand by Me and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But he also had a passion for music, and formed Aleka’s Attic with Rain in the late 80s.

River Phoenix died outside of the Viper Room in West Hollywood after a night of hard drugs in 1993. He was 23-years-old.