Today, OneRepublic shared their new single “Wild Life,” which will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming Disney+ original movie Clouds, directed by Justin Baldoni and Wayfarer Studios.
The soundtrack is due out on October 16th and will also include music by Renforshort and stars of the movie, Sabrina Carpenter and Fin Argus.
Inspired real-life events, Clouds tells the story of Zach Sobiech, a 17-year-old musician portrayed by Argus, and Sammy Brown, his best friend and songwriting partner portrayed by Carpenter, who are on a mission to make the most of every day once Sobiech’s rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, begins to spread.
The duo is offered a record deal with the help of their mentor and teacher Mr. Weaver, portrayed by Lil Rel Howery, after which Sobiech embarks on an unforgettable journey with the support of his best friend, parents, and the love of his life. It’s an exploration of heartbreak and friendship, as well as a realization of the power of music. Sobiech and Brown also contributed songs to the film’s soundtrack.
Written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, and Brent Kutzle alongside collaborator John Nathaniel, “Wild Life” explores the core theme of the film.
On the track, Tedder progresses from singing about feelings of helplessness and disorientation to the declaration: “Life’s what happens when you’re making plans, dive or step right in, but please don’t stand.”
“Wild Life” follows a string of singles released by OneRepublic in the lead up to their forthcoming album Human, which was postponed due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Of the album, Tedder told the Official Chart Company: “[Human] is re-calibrating everything. The last album, we stopped promoting it and kinda pulled the plug. I didn’t have it in me to do anything for it. This is us returning back to what the original sound was: strings; orchestral; emotive.”
While a separate endeavor from the album itself, “Wild Life” evokes similar emotions in its sound, making OneRepublic appropriate figures to lead the Clouds soundtrack.
Listen to “Wild Life” here.