Rain Phoenix and Michael Stipe Release "Time is the Killer"

The River Phoenix-inspired track appears on new sold out release

February 13, 2019

The 25th anniversary of actor River Phoenix’s death had his sister, Rain, in an introspective mood. She wrote a song about mortality and asked her friend and former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to help her out on it. Today the video for “Time is the Killer” was released.

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“It’s so hard to believe he’s been gone for 25 years,” Rain Phoenix said in a statement. “It really made me think about the construct of time, how we create it to make sense of things, and how especially with grief, it never really snaps to a grid. That said, a quarter of a century has a definite weight to it, and I felt compelled and guided to share River, the musician, with the world.”

“Time is the Killer” is Rain Phoenix’s first single as a solo artist. The song appears on Time Gone, a 10” limited edition vinyl release that is already sold out ahead of its Valentine's Day release. It will also include two previously unreleased tracks by Aleka’s Attic – River’s and Rain’s former band.

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