Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is no stranger to soundtracks, so we're happy to hear that her new song, "I Shall Rise," is featured in the upcoming Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics video game, Rise of the Tomb Raider. This powerful new tune will be featured as the ending credits theme as well as upcoming promotional material including TV spots, gameplay trailers, launch videos and more. Listen to this new Lara Croft song below.
"I think they wanted to bring on the melodrama with this song," the singer explained in a new interview over at Yahoo! News (via IGN). "They wanted something emotional with a dramatic build. It's kind of the theme of Lara's creation myth, the moment that defines her becoming an icon. It was really juicy stuff for me. I'm really into making melodramatic songs."
As we said, Karen O has worked on film scores and soundtracks before, and says writing this new song, which also features guitarist David Pajo, was much like working on a movie due to the narrative of the game.
"You know how Gloria Gaynor has her 'I Will Survive'? I always wanted to do my version of that and this was it," she told Rolling Stone. "It all sounded really tasty, They wanted drama and high-stakes and melodrama. That was very appealing to me because I love making music connected to a storyline. It was all stuff I loved like having the theme song to [Lara Croft] becoming an icon and the creation myth to the moment she becomes Lara."
Listen to "I Shall Rise" right here (via Consequence of Sound):
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the direct sequel to 2013's Tomb Raider, which rebooted the popular gaming franchise. Set for release this holiday season exclusively on Xbox One, 2016 will see releases on other platforms PlayStation 4 and PC.