Trey Edward Shults Shares 55-Track Playlist that Inspired the Making of ‘Waves’

When Waves was first announced last summer, it was revealed to have a heavy music element, so much so that it was misreported to actually be a musical. Now that Trey Edward Shults’ third feature has arrived, it’s clear it’s not a musical, but the aural landscape–also including a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross–is indeed made up of many recent favorites which heavily guides the mood of the drama. The writer-director has now shared a massive 55-track playlist featuring both music from the film as well as songs that were heavily on rotation while writing the script. Selections include Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Radiohead, James Blake, Outkast, M83, Amy Winehouse, Tyler the Creator, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, and many more.

“My co-editor Issac Hagy and I would say almost spiritually the first half of the movie feels
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