Review: Sacred Bones is not messing around when it comes to reissuing mythical songs from legendary soundtracks across the board, and their latest releases truly do get the old mouth-watering. This new picture disc contains 1979's "Halloween" on the A-side, and 1981's "Escape From New York", both timeless films that have left viewers awestruck thanks to, in part, their fantastic scores. You'll all recognise that Halloween chimes, those eerie chimes of coldwave synths, but perhaps Escape From New York is less immediately recognisable, but that's a shame because it is potentially the less aged of the two and still a track to break a set in half with something beautiful and unexpected.
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.
Back To The Pod/The Crazies Come Out (version 2) (1:28)
I Heard You Were Dead! (dialogue) (0:08)
Arrival At The Library (1:06)
You Are The Duke Of New York (dialogue) (0:17)
The Duke Arrives/Barricade (3:32)
President At The Train (2:29)
Who Are You? (dialogue) (0:26)
Police Action (2:26)
Romereo & The President (1:39)
The President Is Gone (1:51)
69th Street Bridge (2:40)
Over The Wall (3:40)
The Name Is Plissken (dialogue) (0:25)
Snake Snake (3:54)
Review: In 1981, prolific film director John Carpenter made Escape From New York, a near-future dystopian action film which has inspired a whole generation of movie producers and musicians. Mr. Carpenter also took care of its soundtrack, originally out on Milan Records and reissued in 2000 by Silva Screen, and again now. If you haven't heard it before, it's a true journey into the depths of electronics. The double LP contains 27 songs, all representative of the chilling scenes in the film, ranging from vintage drones, to flurries of orchestral instrumentation, and even bursts of new age sounds. It's a mood record, and one which should be enjoyed with an open mind and an attentive set of ears. A classic.
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.