A video was released on their Facebook page.
Experimental Bristol band Portishead have unveiled their own moving tribute to the British labour politician Jo Cox - who was killed in the street last Thursday (June 16th 2016) - with a stirring cover of Abba's 70s hit single 'SOS' alongside a new video which they premiered on Facebook yesterday.
Portishead unveil video for Abba cover 'SOS'
Portishead's 'SOS' is an ethereal, trip hop rendition of the 1975 pop hit and comes with a black and white video starring lead singer Beth Gibbons. It's a simple visual, slowly zooming in towards Gibbons' face as she looks down, and it ends as she looks up and into the camera, stretching out her right hand as the caption 'We have far more in common than which divides us', a quote from Jo Cox, and the hashtag #MoreInCommon appears on the screen.
It's not actually a brand new cover created especially in the wake of the death of Jo Cox; it was originally part of the soundtrack for Ben Wheatley's sci-fi drama 'High-Rise', an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard book of the same name.
The video arrived yesterday, on what would have been Jo Cox's 42nd birthday. Unfortunately, she never made it to the date as she was shot and stabbed several times by a crazed British extremist on her way to her constituency surgery in Birstall near Leeds. Her quote, 'We have far more in common than which divides us', was from her maiden speech at the House of Commons in June 2015, where she talked about immigration and businesses within her constituency of Batley and Spen.
'SOS' is the first musical release from Portishead since their 2009 single 'Chase the Tear', which was released for Human Rights Day with the proceeds going towards Amnesty International UK. Their last album was 2008's 'Third' which reached number 2 in the UK charts.