With reporting by Josh Horowitz.
When the soundtrack for “Garden State,” Zach Braff’s first directorial effort, was released alongside the movie in 2004, buzz built immediately. Suddenly, that Shins song was changing everyone’s lives, not just epileptic Natalie Portman’s.
So it’s understandable that with Braff’s second movie, “Wish I Was Here,” the expectations for the music are especially high. Luckily for him, as he told MTV News, he gets to “meet fancy people” now, which affords him the chance to ask artists to contribute original songs to his soundtrack. Coldplay, Bon Iver and, yes, The Shins, each wrote new songs to back “Wish I Was Here.”
“Whereas the ‘Garden State’ soundtrack was sort of a mixtape and essentially that we — me and my friends at the time — were sort of scoring our mid-twenties, this is just music now that inspires me and moves me,” he said.
Check out the clip above to hear more about the soundtrack for “Wish I Was Here,” and to learn about Braff and co-star Kate Hudson’s all-time favorite movie soundtracks.