With good news, comes the bad, John Carpenter fans. The acclaimed genre director and composer will be releasing Lost Themes II on April 15, a follow-up to last year’s soundtrack-esque Lost Themes. And he’ll be touring—but to Spain, Iceland, and England only. [See update below!]
According to Sacred Bones Records, the new album will be even more “fluid and thematic” than the first; it will also feature the talents of John’s son, Cody Carpenter, and his godson, Daniel Davies.
Unlike their first album, when they often worked over the internet exchanging themes over the course of several years, this time all three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city, a luxury they weren’t afforded on the first Lost Themes. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule — not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films.
... The musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor; more electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth. This manifests itself brilliantly in songs like the lead single “Distant Dream,” which hitches a familiar Carpenterian beat to an expressive drum performance and rides it to a thrilling conclusion. The eerie “Angel’s Asylum” lets an ethereal synth line command the first three-quarters of the song, before turning over the melody to an acoustic guitar, and “Virtual Survivor” delivers a blast of the sci-fi menace that characterized his great scores for films like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks with which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.
Carpenter and company will hit the road this summer and fall, but don’t get too excited, especially if you live in the United States. If you do, please feel free to join me in reading these tour dates and gnashing your teeth:
Jun 2 - Barcelona ES, Primavera Sound
Jul 1-3 - Ásbrú IS, ATP Iceland
Oct 28 - Manchester UK, Albert Hall *2nd show added!*
Oct 29 - Manchester UK, Albert Hall
Oct 31 - London UK, Troxy
Carpenter is no doubt quite busy with his day job these days. But fingers crossed he adds a few more shows before the year is over!
UPDATE: Dreams come true, fellow Carpenter fanatics! Not only did Sacred Bones just share the first single off Lost Themes II, “Distant Dreams,” it also announced more tour dates, including several stateside gigs. Here’s an updated calendar:
June 2, 2016: Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
June 15, 2016: Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer
June 17, 2016: Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
June 18, 2016: Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum
June 21, 2016: Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
June 23, 2016: Austin, TX -Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
June 24, 2016: Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater
July 2-4, 2016: Ásbrú, ISL - ATP Iceland Festival
July 6, 2016: Switzerland, CH - Neuchâtel
July 8, 2016: New York, NY - PlayStation Theater
July 12, 2016: Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
July 15, 2016: Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple
Oct 28 & 29, 2016: Manchester, UK - Albert Hall Manchester
Oct 31, 2016: London, UK - The Troxy
This post originally appeared on io9 on February 2, 2016.
Top image: Director John Carpenter stands with a poster of his latest movie “Escape From L.A.” on Friday, August 9, 1996 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)