James Mercer probably owes about 30% of the money in his checking account to the shoutout that Natalie Portman gave to the Shins in Garden State lo those many years ago. So it’s not a surprise that the Shins have contributed a new song to the soundtrack of Wish I Was Here, the second film from Garden State writer/director/star Zach Braff. We heard a chunk of “So Now What,” the Shins’ contribution, in the terrible, terrible trailer for Wish I Was Here, but now the whole song is online. It’s a soft, dreamy, sweeping thing that will not offend anyone’s sensibilities. Listen to it below.
The Wish I Was Here soundtrack is out 7/15 on Columbia.