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    Wish I Was Here soundtrack - Cat Power and Coldplay

    Wish I Was Here soundtrack - Cat Power and Coldplay


    We have seen high profile collaborations over the years involving Coldplay, such as with Rihanna on Princess of China and Kylie Minogue on Lhuna and appearing on stage with the band during their recent Ghost Stories show in Sydney. Chris has even shared studios with well known stars such as Jay-Z and most recently Sweedish producer, Avicii. Based on previous collaborations then, Coldplay's new song with Cat Power, the singer/songwriter and occasional actress is certainly lower on the fame scale!


    The song in question is Wish I Was Here, part of the soundtrack to the film of the same title, 'the spiritual follow up' from 2004's Garden State from actor and director, Zach Braff, who rose to fame through his starring role in TV show, Scrubs as Dr. John Dorian. Mr Braff is a self confessed Coldplay fan and he chose Coldplay's Don't Panic to start off the soundtrack for Garden State, 10 years ago.


    Cat Power and Coldplay


    How did the unlikely collaboration come about?


    The making of the soundtrack, from NPR music


    Here's how it was made: Zach Braff, the creator of the film Wish I Was Here, gave an early version of the film to Coldplay's Chris Martin. Braff told us via email that Martin got the band together to work on the song. "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. 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. 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."


    Chan Marshall went to Electric Lady studios in NYC and tracked her voice. Chris Martin would later add his harmonies with Coldplay producing the song. Zach Braff calls it his favorite cut on the record, a soundtrack filled with originals from Bon Iver and The Shins and other tunes by The Head and the Heart, Hozier and Paul Simon, to name a few.


    Listen now!


    You can listen to the new song by Cat Power and Coldplay below, particularity in that order as the lead vocals are from Cat Power. Backing vocals from Chris Martin and the lovely piano melody, guitar and general song arrangement from the band as a whole.


    Click here to listen to Cat Power and Coldplay - Wish I Was Here


    The song will is available to download from iTunes now!




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