– SHARES LIVE VIDEO FOR “DISTANT DREAM”
– NEW ALBUM STREAMING IN FULL ON NPR NOW
– ‘LOST THEMES II’ OUT NEXT FRI, APRIL 15 ON SACRED BONES
With his new album ‘Lost Themes II’ streaming on NPR ahead of release next Friday, April 15th on Sacred Bones, John Carpenter has shared a new live studio video which the legendary filmmaker has directed himself.
Accompanying the album’s first single ‘Distant Dream’, the clip was recorded live at The Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles and offers a preview of The Horror Master’s forthcoming historic debut live performances.
In the clip, he is accompanied by his son Cody Carpenter on synthesizer and his godson Daniel Davieson guitar, with John Spiker on bass, John Konesky on guitar and Scott Seiver on drums.
On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever album of non-soundtrack material. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. Lost Themes was also a mile marker in its label’s catalog, being one of the best selling albums in Sacred Bones’ eight-year history. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.
Now, Carpenter prepares to release a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II, which is due for release on April 15th via Sacred Bones.
The follow-up album brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more fluid and thematic record. Lost Themes’ cowriters and musicians Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. 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. 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. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks with which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.
“Angel’s Asylum” and first single “Distant Dream” are now available as instant downloads when preordering Lost Themes II on iTunes – click here to pre-order.
John Carpenter live dates:
27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
30 Denmark, Copenhagen – Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen
02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound
14 US, Seattle – Paramount
15 US, Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
17 US, Oakland – Fox Theatre
18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum
19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts
21 US, Denver – Gothic Theatre
23 US, Austin – Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US, Dallas – Majestic Theater
03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
08 US, New York – Playstation Theatre
09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre
10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12 US, Washington DC – Lincoln Theatre
15 US, Detroit – The Masonic Temple
16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall
18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre
26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival
28 Italy, Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
28 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
29 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
31 UK, London – Troxy