The actor and the celebrated guitarist have been collaborating behind-the-scenes for several years, and this reimagining of the Lennon classic — which was released last month in the midst of the coronavirus crisis — marks their first official release together.
An official video for their ‘Isolation’ cover has now been released (May 12), with audio from the studio version of the track being played over live concert footage of Depp and Beck performing together back in September.
“Johnny and I have been working on music together for a while now and we recorded this track during our time in the studio last year,” Beck said of their ‘Isolation’ cover. “We weren’t expecting to release it so soon but given all the hard days and true ‘isolation’ that people are going through in these challenging times, we decided now might be the right time to let you all hear it.”
“You’ll be hearing more from Johnny and me in a little while but until then we hope you find some comfort and solidarity in our take on this Lennon classic.”
Depp added: “Jeff Beck and I recorded this song ‘Isolation’ last year, as our take on a beautiful John Lennon tune. Lennon’s poetry – ‘We’re afraid of everyone. Afraid of the Sun!’ – seemed to Jeff and me especially profound right now, this song about isolation, fear, and existential risks to our world.
“So we wanted to give it to you, and hope it helps you make sense of the moment or just helps you pass the time as we endure isolation together.”