Director John Carpenter To Release Debut Solo Album ‘Lost Themes,’ Streams “Vortex”

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Horror and sci-fi pioneer / mastermind / visionary / god or whatever you want to call him, John Carpenter, is not only an iconic filmmaker but quite the notable composer as well (Halloween theme, anyone?). The man has scored all but a handful of his own films which is wholly impressive. With this in mind, it’s really no surprise that he’d be releasing an album. The best part though? As opposed to, say, David Lynch, Carpenter is releasing an album entitled Lost Themes, which is more or less what it sounds like. They’re not scrapped bits from past films, but moody tracks that Carpenter has composed more recently specifically in the spirit of just having fun and continuing to create.

The first single, “Vortex,” is streaming now, and it’s fantastic. It’s classic Carpenter through and through and really sets the tone for the idea of the album. It’s nearly 5 minutes of what sounds like it’d fit into any one of his beloved films. Maybe that’s why the label that’s releasing it, Sacred Bones, has it streaming over clips from a bunch of his most popular works.

The record is set to release on February 3. You can stream “Vortex” below where you’ll also find some info from Carpenter. Pre-orders are currently available on Amazon but Sacred Bones is yet to set up their own.

In regards to the album, John Carpenter has shared the following:

‘Lost Themes’ was all about having fun. It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scored I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.

Brian Leak

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