If you’ve played the Resident Evil 2 remake, then you know that it contains a bluesy, grungy original song. What you might NOT know is that this song is called “Saudade” composed by Cody Matthew Johnson and Shimon “Shim” Moore, former Sick Puppies frontman.
Johnson, who founded Emperia Sound and Music, has worked with Capcom for a few years now. He’s the lead composer on Devil May Cry 5, as well as Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite. “Saudade”, however, remains his most visible contribution.
Luckily, he’s seen the fruits of his labors ripen: “Saudade” breached one million plays on Spotify yesterday, according to Johnson’s Twitter (listen to “Saudade” on Spotify).
Fans have found themselves attached to the song since Resident Evil 2 released last year, its gritty feel complimenting the somber game. This marks the second time a song by an American artist featured heavily in a Resident Evil title; American composer Michael A. Levine collaborated with UK singer Jordan Reyne to bring us “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”, the haunting title theme for Resident Evil 7.
Hopefully, Resident Evil 8 will present an opportunity for another sleeper hit tune for all of us to add to our playlists.