Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Track of the Day: Coldplay & Cat Power - Wish I Was Here

Moving away from his stereotype as the goofy comical lead in HBO's Scrubs, Zach Braff carved out a name for himself with his indie masterpiece Garden State back in 2004. The film quickly became known as much for its musical credentials as it's subtle portrayal of small town America; famously breaking Albuquerque-natives, The Shins, with the prominent line "You gotta hear this one song - it'll change your life; I swear' - referring to their quirkly alt-pop track 'New Slang'.

Well there's been no shortage of artists getting on board for Braff's latest creative endeavor, the crowd-funded film, 'Wish I was Here' (released 18th July), with original tracks being written from the likes of indie stalwarts Bon Iver and a return from The Shins. The latest of these exclusives come courtesy of a beautifully low key collaborative ballad between acclaimed indie songstress Cat Power and pop powerhouse Coldplay. It's subtle piano work and lush melodies bring together two of modern music's leading voices from two different sides of the musical spectrum, in the process creating something incredibly special. Read the full story of how the track came to fruition below:

"The original tune came together when Braff gave an early cut of the film to Martin, who then gathered his band to start working on music. "Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman," Braff told NPR of the song, which he calls his favorite on the Wish I Was Here soundtrack (out July 15th). "I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson's character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, 'Cat Power'.
After viewing the film herself, Marshall agreed to work on the track; she recorded her vocals at New York City's Electric Lady Studios, leaving Martin and Coldplay to finish the production." (Via Rolling Stone)