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

UK outfit recorded the track for new Tom Hiddleston film High Rise


Last year, Portishead said they’d be clearing their schedules in order to work on new material. Though fans have received such teases for years — in 2010, and again in 2011 — only to be let down, it looks like the English outfit might finally be making good on their word.

According to a new post on the band’s official website, Portishead have contributed a song to High-Rise, the new drama from Ben Wheatley starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, and Elizabeth Moss, which screens today at the London Film Festival. The track is said to be a cover of the 1975 ABBA hit “SOS”.

While it’s technically not a new song, it does mark Portishead’s first new recording since the 2009 one-off charity single “Chase the Tear”. It also means the band has successfully carved out time in their busy schedules recently — which couldn’t have been easy. If you’ll recall, Geoff Barrow has kept himself occupied with this year’s Ex Machina soundtrack and a new Beak> EP; also, not too long ago, Beth Gibbons doled out a badass Black Sabbath cover. Whenever the new album does arrive, it will serve as the follow-up to 2008’s Third.

For a very rough idea of what this newish song might sound like, revisit Portishead’s “Machine Gun” and then ABBA’s “SOS”.


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