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Boomkat Product Review:
John Carpenter returns with another collection of shlock soundtracks "for the movies in your mind." Kinda good though?
It's been five years since Carpenter last released a collection of "Lost Themes" with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, but time means pretty much nothing when you've been trotting out quality (and ridiculously influential) synth-laced movie music since the 1970s. There aren't exactly any stylistic surprises here, a bit of refinement though - since "Lost Themes II", Carpenter has been on tour for the first time ever so that seems to have loosened him up a bit.
These new tracks might be the best latter-day Carpenter material we've heard, and he's finally struck a balance between the new and the old, the digital and the analog. It's as if he's finally unified the chunky rawk stylings of his later work (hello "Vampires") with the icy, minimal doom of early classics like "Assault on Precinct 13" and "Halloween". Here's to "Lost Themes IV", we're ready.