Written by John Squires
He may not be making films anymore, but we have been absolutely LOVING the resurgence of John Carpenter’s musical career. Carpenter of course scored most of his iconic films, and while many other musicians are out there trying to emulate his sounds, the master of horror is proving that nobody can do it better than he. Earlier this year he released the album Lost Themes 2, and the latest music video is his best to date.
Produced and directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, the video for Carpenter’s track “Utopian Facade” takes you into a virtual reality world populated by gnarly monsters and one very peculiar heroine. The video, which runs just over 3-minutes long, is unquestionably one of our favorite short films of the year, and with one of Carpenter’s brand new songs playing in the background, it’s both an auditory and visual delight.
Check out the new video below!
Lost Themes 2 details…
The musical world of Lost Themes II is a wider one than that of its predecessor. More electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter’s trademark minimal synth. This manifests itself brilliantly in songs like lead single “Distant Dream,” which hitches a familiar Carpenterian beat to an expressive drum performance and rides it to a thrilling conclusion. The eerie “Angel’s Asylum” lets an ethereal synth line command the first three-quarters of the song, before turning over the melody to an acoustic guitar, and “Virtual Survivor” delivers a blast of the sci-fi menace that characterized his great scores for films like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks for which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.