John Carpenter: Lost Themes (Sacred Bones, 2015)

January 25, 2015 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

John Carpenter: Lost Themes

John Carpenter: Lost Themes

First album of non-soundtrack compositions from the legendary horror movie director/composer. It seems like appreciation for classic horror soundtracks is at an all-time high now, with labels such as Death Waltz putting out deluxe picture disc editions of soundtracks by Carpenter and Goblin, among dozens of others. So now the master is back to show everyone how it’s done. The 9 tracks on this album have all the hallmarks of his soundtrack work: pulsing synths, prog-rock guitar riffs, pianos, and tons of suspense. “Obsidian” is an 8-minute epic which seems like it could be stretched out into an entire film. “Abyss” is another long-ish suite which starts off with starry synth riffs and eventually ends up with some stomping danceable beats for a bit (Carpenter’s influence on electro cannot be understated). “Purgatory” ends up with kind of a marching drum tempo. “Night” is the album’s shortest track, and probably the most immediately catchy, it already sounds like it could be the theme to one of his classic films. Overall, this album might seem a little cheesy if you’re not familiar with his work or his era of films, but if you’re already a fan, or you at least appreciate what he does, it’s just good fun.

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