15 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Writer/director/composer John Carpenter is the auteur behind such b-movie classics as Halloween, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. His "Halloween Theme" is one of the most recognizable pieces of music in cinema. While Lost Themes is the 67-year-old visionary's first studio album, fans of his work will find these songs instantly familiar. Carpenter's hallmarks are all here: screeching analog synths, ominous arpeggios, gaseous clouds of spooky noise. The harrowing "Obsidian" is a mini-movie in itself, and "Purgatory" gets especially weird with its live drums and hammered pianos. The remixes apply this sonic palette to various techno and dubstep beats. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Writer/director/composer John Carpenter is the auteur behind such b-movie classics as Halloween, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. His "Halloween Theme" is one of the most recognizable pieces of music in cinema. While Lost Themes is the 67-year-old visionary's first studio album, fans of his work will find these songs instantly familiar. Carpenter's hallmarks are all here: screeching analog synths, ominous arpeggios, gaseous clouds of spooky noise. The harrowing "Obsidian" is a mini-movie in itself, and "Purgatory" gets especially weird with its live drums and hammered pianos. The remixes apply this sonic palette to various techno and dubstep beats. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
63 Ratings
63 Ratings
Boogie Girl ,

I can just sit back and let it roll over me

Most albums I only like one or two tracks. This one I can play through, sit back and just let the music roll over me. Favorite tracks are the driving Vortex and the mysterious Purgatory.

Burningtime ,

Vortex

Based on Vortex alone, the Master is back.

Klaw007 ,

Moody, complex, great

As described by Mr. Carpenter himself, each song could be a soundtrack to a new film of his. No duds in here, each hits the ground running and has his signature sound. Infinitely relistenable, any fan of his work or of electronic music will enjoy this. What’s amazing is that his soundtracks have been copied and emulated in much of the new synthwave movement, and this is a master class in that same sound.

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