Easily one of the coolest concert experiences I have had in the past few years is definitely John Carpenter performing. During that concert, he performed Lost Themes I and II along with a lot of his popular film scores. Lost Themes III is on its way to us on February 5 and we can’t wait to hear the whole thing. In the meantime, his latest video for the single Alive After Death is a bit of post-apocalyptic trippiness that fits in well with Carpenter worlds.
Lost Themes III is described as:
Alive After Death” is a brooding, suspenseful embodiment of the exhilarating, spine-chilling, story-telling aesthetics that have established Carpenter as an iconic legend of both music and film. The song is accompanied by an animated video by legendary illustrator Boneface – a bold collaboration between two truly unmistakably unique creative minds that fully fleshes out unsettling world hinted at in the visualizer for the demonic disco of the previous single “The Dead Walk”.
John Carpenter famously called the first Lost Themes album “a soundtrack for the movies in your mind.” On Alive After Death those movies are even more vivid, with song titles among his most evocative as well. Lead single “Weeping Ghost” thrillingly conjures its title figure in a wash of synthesizer, making the listener’s neck hairs stand on end as the aural specter stalks the halls of a dilapidated mansion. The pulsing “The Dead Walk” makes the zombie apocalypse feel like a rave. The gloomy, atmospheric closing track “Carpathian Darkness” casts shadow on the album with its strikingly effective minimal piano and splashes of twinkling synth. Each of the ten songs is a universe unto itself.
Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. They’ve composed and performed as a trio since the first Lost Themes album in 2015: on studio albums, on soundtracks, and onstage. Here, the trio reaches a new level of creative mind meld. Richly rendered worlds are built in the interplay between Davies’s guitar and the dueling synthesizers played by the Carpenters. “We begin with a theme, a bass line, a pad, something that sounds good and will lead us to the next layer,” John says of the trio’s process. “We then just keep adding on from there. We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, how to communicate without words, and the process is easier now than it was in the beginning. We’ve matured.