Published May 10, 2016We recently learned that horror director/synthscaper John Carpenter had reinterpreted a couple of classic film themes of his for an upcoming 12-inch, but it looks as if the Horror Master and his Lost Themes bandmates were busier than we had originally thought. In addition to a Halloween/Escape from New York single, there will be a second 12-inch featuring new recordings of Carpenters themes for Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog.
A press release confirms that both releases arrive on 12-inch and digitally on June 17 via Sacred Bones. The vinyl version will be pressed as a picture disc, in addition to a blue and red version that will be up for grabs on Carpenter's upcoming tour.
The reworked movie themes were recorded by Carpenter, his son Cody and Daniel Davies, who had also joined the musician for Lost Themes and this year's Lost Themes II. It's added that the re-recorded tunes "serve as a bridge between the Horror Master's legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable present."
The theme to 1978 slasher Halloween is one of the most identifiable horror themes of all time, a chilling 5/4 piano piece backed by ticking clock synth weirdness. Carpenter's Escape from New York theme is likewise iconic, with the minimal composition tracking Snake Plissken's (a.k.a. Kurt Russell) journey across "this ravaged vision of NYC."
The second 12-inch features the theme to Assault on Precinct 13, the first feature Carpenter made after getting out of film school. The song is inspired by the music from Dirty Harry, as well as Led Zeppelin's III opener, "The Immigrant Song." The record also features the miasma of synths that is the theme to 1980's The Fog.
Below, you'll find an in-the-studio performance of "Escape from New York," which wad captured at Los Angeles' Village Recorder studio.
As previously reported, Carpenter is gearing up for his first-ever tour, which starts up later this month in Greece. The globe-travelling trip hits North America by June. You'll find the date info here.