John Carpenter Shares Live Studio Video for ‘Distant Dream’, Complete US Tour Announced, ‘Lost Themes II’ Streaming Now on NPR, Out 4.15 via Sacred Bones‏

With his new album Lost Themes II streaming on NPR ahead of release next Friday, April 15 on Sacred Bones, John Carpenter has shared a new live studio video which the legendary filmmaker has directed himself.

Accompanying the album’s first single ‘Distant Dream’, the clip was recorded live at The Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles and offers a preview of The Horror Master’s forthcoming historic debut live performances.

In the clip, he is accompanied by his son Cody Carpenter on synthesizer and his godson Daniel Davies on guitar, with John Spiker on bass, John Konesky on guitar and Scott Seiver on drums.

Watch the ‘Distant Dream’ live studio video:

On Halloween 2014, the director and composer John Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first-ever album of non-soundtrack material. In the months that followed, Lost Themes rightfully returned Carpenter to the forefront of the discussion of music and film’s crucial intersection. Carpenter’s foundational primacy and lasting influence on genre score work was both rediscovered and reaffirmed. Lost Themes was also a mile marker in its label’s catalog, being one of the best selling albums in Sacred Bones’ eight-year history. So widespread was the acclaim for Lost Themes that the composer was moved to embark on something he had never before entertained – playing his music live in front of an audience.

Now, Carpenter prepares to release a sequel to Lost Themes: Lost Themes II, which is due for release on April 15th via Sacred Bones.

The follow-up album brings quite a few noticeable changes to the process, which result in an even more fluid and thematic record. Lost Themes’ cowriters and musicians Cody Carpenter (John’s son) and Daniel Davies (John’s godson) both returned. Unlike their first album, when they often worked over the internet exchanging themes over the course of several years, this time all three brought in sketches and worked together in the same city. The result was a more focused effort, one that was completed on a compressed schedule — not unlike Carpenter’s classic, notoriously low-budget early films. The musical world of Lost Themes II is also 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. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks with which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.

“Angel’s Asylum” and first single “Distant Dream” are now available as instant downloads when preordering Lost Themes II on iTunes – click here to pre-order.

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