Directed by John Hillcoat, the clip features Blanchett’s head rotating against a black background as Sandoval’s lithe voice drifts over Massive Attack’s brooding production. At first, the actress undergoes a simple hairstyle or makeup change, but soon, her whole face is cast in plaster, as its skin peels off and transforms into a stone statue.
“The Spoils” appears on Massive Attack’s new two-track EP of the same name (the other track, “Come Near Me,” features vocals from Ghostpoet). The Spoils marks the second offering from Massive Attack this year, following Ritual Spirit, which found the beloved British trip-hop outfit reuniting with vocalist Adrian “Tricky” Thaws.
Massive Attack have also released numerous music videos this year, including clips for “Ritual Spirit” and “Voodoo in My Blood,” which feature performances from Kate Moss and Rosamund Pike, respectively.