British rising star Florence Pugh has partnered with Simon Armitage, the U.K.’s national Poet Laureate, for a beautiful new coronavirus charity single.
The Oscar-nominated Little Women actress contributes both spoken word and vocals to “Lockdown,” a topical poem by Armitage which has now been set to music. Proceeds from the song, which is available to stream now, will go to Refuge, a British nonprofit providing specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
The single is credited to LYR, a musical trio featuring Armitage which regularly sets his poems to music, with Pugh billed as a featured performer. Everyone who performs on the song recorded their individual parts in isolation.
Discussing the track, Armitage said in a press release: “The musical tones of the track echo the atmosphere of the lyrics, claustrophobia rising to a hopeful euphoria, the magical landscape at the end of the poem transformed into a vibrant and pulsing soundscape. We also knew that we wanted a female voice in the mix and were thrilled when Florence Pugh agreed to contribute. Florence brings intelligence and intensity to everything she performs in — we can’t thank her enough.”
The official video, filmed earlier this month, shows folks from Bristol, southwest England, going about their everyday lives while practicing social distancing. Check it out below – and listen for some especially haunting vocals from Pugh right at the end of the song.
Though “Lockdown” is the first time Pugh has contributed both spoken word and vocals to a song, it’s not her first musical offering. Before her acting career took off, she regularly posted cover versions on YouTube – sometimes as Florence Pugh, and sometimes billing herself as “Flossie Rose,” her childhood nickname. You can watch her singing songs made famous by Oasis and Adele in our recent feature on 10 things you never knew about Florence Pugh.
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