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Album Review

After a lengthy period of silence, the 2010s saw a burst of activity from John Carpenter: he released Lost Themes II in 2016, just a year after his first album of non-soundtrack music arrived. The release of pent-up creativity within Lost Themes' wonderfully over the top songs was almost palpable, but its sequel is more streamlined, more confident, and more like Carpenter's actual soundtrack work. This time, Carpenter, son Cody, and godson Daniel Davies recorded these songs in the same studio instead of collaborating long-distance, giving Lost Themes II a cohesion that allows them to explore more moods and settings. As always, Carpenter knows how to create excitement: beginning the album with the big drums, pulsing synths, and searing riffs of "Distant Dream" is like opening a movie with a chase scene. However, he also leaves room for more tension and release on tracks such as "White Pulse," which teeters between icy majesty and fiery menace, and "Dark Blues," where his signature arpeggiated synths and fuzzed-out guitars gradually build to a climax. Lost Themes II also includes more restrained pieces than its predecessor, and they're among the album's finest: Carpenter and company let the intricate, almost Eastern European melody of "Hofner Dawn" unfold without interruption, create an undisturbed air of mystery on "Persia Rising," and pay tribute to old-school horror with "Bela Lugosi"'s creeping atmosphere. It all makes for a more balanced, arguably more enjoyable listening experience than the original Lost Themes, and with the triumphant yet suspenseful "Utopian Facade" suggesting a threequel, it's another must for Carpenter fans.

Customer Reviews

Can’t be beat.

It’s 2:46AM, April 15th 2016, Los Angeles. It’s my birthday today, and I can’t sleep. I decide to peruse iTunes for something that “stands out”. Something I rarely get anymore after 33 years of media gluttony. But low and behold a shining light jumps from my monitor and seers it’s visage in my pupil. John Carpenter’s Lost Themes ll. Once I hit play, it's over. The search for dark synth had finally satiated the hunger that Mitch Murder gives well enough and Perturbator abuses. Every track is a horror filled confectionary that moves my imagination beyond the limits of time and space. Carpenter’s music equals the scope that his movies have delivered for so many years, and I relish in being alive to experience these new worlds that he keeps dreaming. It’s 3:00AM now. Thank’s John for an amazing birthday gift.

The Master is back!

Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine your very own John Carpenter film with these killer tracks! Perfect music to accompany some late-night script writing too.


Love this album! What else can I say?
Don’t get the lack of love for Persia Rising! Great song… Must be something in the name.
I bet it’s Islamaphobia. That has to be it. Something this epic cannot be discarded to the bowels of I-TUNES ratings HELL with such poor ratings if it wasn’t for some kind of pre-existing instinctual bias, manufactured against one of the great filmmakers of all time!
Please, I-TUNES listeners and horror flick aficionados.. please listen to PERSIA RISING and give it the props it deserves!
As for the entire album, I give it a 3.


Genre: Horror

As the years passed, sci-fi/horror director John Carpenter earned nearly as much acclaim for his music as for his filmmaking. The son of a music professor at Western Kentucky University, he crafted a distinctive sound dominated by pulsing, arpeggiated synthesizers and atmospheric washes that echoed his stark visual style. From his beginnings as a film student in the early '70s, Carpenter scored all but four of his films (The Thing, Starman, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and The Ward) as well as the...
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