For about 20 years now, a lot of folks have been pining for R.E.M.'s good old days...whether you define that as Chronic Town, Murmur (hi, Loophole!), Document, Automatic, or even New Adventures. But on this song, at least, they've leapfrogged over all that stuff and gone all the way back to 1980--this sounds like nothing so much as the stuff they wrote even before "Radio Free Europe."
Interesting. On first listen it sounds like early REM music with slightly later-era vocals (i.e., clearer). But the instrumentation/style is really retro. I still miss the old Stipe style from (Murmur/Reckoning): REM on Letterman