Published Apr 13, 2016On Lost Themes II, as on last years' Lost Themes, famed filmmaker and synth-horror musician John Carpenter brings a stable of tracks ripped right out of the '80s. The album is full of deep synth leads and flange filters, each feeling like it could be extended and riffed on to create the central motif for a film.
The themes are dark and moody here, so while horror is an obvious influence, the themes could fit well in drama, as they channel heaps of emotion alongside the requisite tension. "Bela Lugosi" is an excellent homage to its namesake, capturing the emotions of an old vampire film well, "Last Sunrise" captures a good mix of darkness and hope and "Utopian Façade" is climactic and pleasant, bringing everything to a satisfying close.
Overall, fans of John Carpenter's work will find lots to love in Lost Themes II, and aspiring filmmakers could definitely take inspiration from it. (Sacred Bones)