The theme song is composed by Brian D’Oliveira and performed by Aga Ujma.
In a new making-of video uploaded to Capcom’s Resident Evil YouTube channel (embedded below), multi-instrumentalist and composer Brian D’Oliveira (Shadow of the Tomb Raider), along with singer-songwriter Aga Ujma, talk about the genesis of Resident Evil Village‘s theme song “Yearning for Dark Shadows”.
“I was actually researching obscure Indonesian music, geeking out about this one really interesting, kind of harp-like Indonesian instrument,” D’Oliveira explained. “And [Aga Ujma] happens to play this instrument and I found her and heard her singing and right away, it captured me.
“This song is definitely unique sounding because it was not made in a conventional form,” he added.
Regarding the performance of the theme song, Ujma found it interesting that she could experiment using a wider vocal range to flesh everything out.
“I could try different things and use different registers, and [experiment with] different shades and colours” she said. “It was quite a challenge, but I really liked it.”
The singer also added a cryptic clue as to the meaning behind “Yearning for Dark Shadows”.
“I hope you really enjoy [Resident Evil] Village and that you really like the song. But to really understand what the song is about, you need to complete the game – and good luck with that,” she added.
The song can be heard in the game’s official launch trailer (embedded below).
Resident Evil Village is the eighth numbered instalment in Capcom’s Resident Evil survival-horror series; the game is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows, and Stadia.