Coldplay and American singer-songwriter Cat Power have teamed up for the title track to Zach Braff’s latest movie, “Wish I Was Here.”
The song, which shares its name with the upcoming film, premiered on NPR Monday morning, featuring Power’s smokey voice as well as harmonies provided by Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin.
“Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. 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,” Braff told NPR.
“When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked,” he added, per NPR. “I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over.”
Braff, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in “Wish I Was Here,” said that the song was his favorite on the film’s soundtrack, which also boasts contributions from such talents as Paul Simon, the Shins, and Bon Iver.
This isn’t the first time that the former “Scrubs” star and Coldplay have collaborated, as the British rockers were featured on the record for Braff’s 2004 directorial debut, “Garden State.” The soundtrack to the cult film, which Braff selcted himself, went on to win a Grammy Award in 2005.
You can check out the Coldplay and Cat Power track here.
“Wish I Was Here” is set to hit theaters July 18.