A 90-second teaser of "Imitation Of Life," the first single from R.E.M.'s forthcoming Warner Bros. album "Reveal," has been posted on well-regarded fan site Murmurs.com. The cut is headed to radio in

A 90-second teaser of "Imitation Of Life," the first single from R.E.M.'s forthcoming Warner Bros. album "Reveal," has been posted on well-regarded fan site Murmurs.com. The cut is headed to radio in early April and is due for commercial release later that month.

Although "Reveal" follows in much the same vein as 1998's highly experimental "Up," the single blends the sweeping, string-tinged feel of 1991's "Out Of Time" album with a strong melody reminiscent of "The Great Beyond," R.E.M.'s No. 11 Modern Rock Tracks hit from 1999's "Man On The Moon" soundtrack

As he did on that song, frontman Michael Stipe stretches his pipes for a chorus of unusual phrases: "that's sugar cane / that tasted good / that's cinnamon / that's Hollywood / come on come on / no one can see you try."

A video for "Imitation Of Life" was recently shot in Los Angeles. According to R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs, "it is a cross between a dance party, a Rube Goldberg contraption, a sprint, and a giant colorful jigsaw puzzle with a heavy math component."

As previously reported, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is currently on tour with his sometime side project, the Minus 5. He was joined onstage by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills at the tour's L.A. opener earlier this month. The trek hits New York tonight (March 12).