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Portishead’s first new recording in six years is a cover of ABBA’s “SOS” — listen

UK trip-hop outfit contributed ominous track to new film High-Rise

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Portishead’s first recording in six years comes in the form of a cover of ABBA’s “SOS”.

Instead of offering up a replica of the upbeat, Swedish gem, the UK trip-hop group reimagine “SOS” as a haunting ballad — the kind that emerges from the lairs where dire lovesickness hides. “Whatever happened to our love? I wish I understood,” Beth Gibbons sings over ominous synths, the words slowly dripping from her lips as though the relationship’s completely drained her of life.

Gibbons, Adrian Utley, and Geoff Barrow contributed the track to the new film High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston. There are no plans for the song to be released commercially.

Update: Watch the song’s video below.

For comparison’s sake, here’s the original:

“SOS” marks Portishead’s first new recording since the 2009 one-off charity single “Chase the Tear”. In February 2014, Utley said he and the rest of Portishead were “clearing our schedules” with plans to record a new full-length album — but since then, we haven’t heard much of anything.

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