Review: The legend John Carpenter is back with a new album, Lost Themes II. What more can we say other than the fact that the man is a multidisciplinary powerhouse. The director behind such classics as The Thing and Escape From L.A. presented the first volume of unreleased soundtracks from the crypt last year, followed up by a brilliant remix compilation featuring the likes of Silent Servant, Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre and Zola Jesus amongst others. On this volume, Carpenter's unmistakeable sound for these imaginary soundtracks has many a nugget, our favourites were the ever perfect arpeggiations of "Persia Rising", soundtracking the most beautiful of Arabian nights, the indisputable vintage charm of analogue machines on the wonderfully epic "Windy Death" and the tribute to another true legend of the big screen on "Bela Lugosi" you could just imagine F.W Murnau making his grand entrance as you hear this unearthed classic.
Review: Given the resurgent interest (not to mention bountiful reissues) in his influential soundtrack work, this compilation of unreleased gems from John Carpenter's archives should be greeted with fevered anticipation by devotees of his distinctive sound. Sacred Bones have done a sterling job of gathering together a diverse array of sounds that fit right in with the legendary director's '80s canon, from the gleeful and chipper to the downright spooky.