A long eight years have passed since Portishead blessed our ears with their third album, the appropriately titled Third (2008). While rumors of the group’s return to the studio to record album number four have surfaced here and there over the past few years, the only tangible new recordings that have emerged are their 2009 single “Chase the Tear” and more recently, their intriguing cover of ABBA’s classic 1975 hit “SOS.”
Originally recorded for the Ben Wheatley directed film High-Rise, which premiered in UK and US theaters earlier this year, Portishead’s reimagining of the celebrated Swedish group’s bittersweet pop smash contains all of the haunting, emotionally stirring elements of the Bristol legends’ signature fare.
Today, Portishead have unveiled the accompanying video, comprised of stark, minimalist black and white footage of frontwoman Beth Gibbons. Gibbons appears with her head titled to the side for the video’s first three minutes, but lifts her head and extends her hand in the closing moments, as the words “We have far more in common than which divides us” appear. The quote is attributed to British Labour Party MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered by a right-wing extremist last week. Today would have been Cox’s 42nd birthday.
Watch the video in full below, and please join us in sending our condolences and prayers to the family of Jo Cox.