Iconic filmmaker/composer John Carpenter is prepping for the release of his upcoming album “Lost Themes II” (the follow-up to his well received 2015 release “Lost Themes”) in a big way. On February 18, he debuted the first track “Distant Dream” while also announcing a slate of U.S. tour dates starting this summer.
Like the first “Lost Themes” album,'”Lost Themes II” continues his inimitable brand of menacing synth compositions that he made famous on soundtracks to his classic films like “Halloween” and “Escape From New York.” And “Distant Dream” (which you can check out in the YouTube embed) hits a similar sweet spot, with an unrelenting metronomic pulsing beat atop a menacing keyboard riff and atmospheric textures. The album was recorded, like its predecessor with Carpenter’s son Cody Carpenter, and godson Daniel Davies, but in a more improvisational manner.
Carpenter announced his first set of concert dates back in 2015, with a headlining spot at Iceland’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” festival this October, along with an appearance at Barcelona, Spain’s “Primavera Sound” festival. But this proved torturous to his American fanbase, so his expanded domestic dates will be much anticipated indeed. It will be the first time he’s ever performed live stateside.
As far as what fans have to look forward to during his sets, Carpenter stated in a recent interview with The Quietus that “it’s going to be a full band. It’s not just three of us either – there’s five of us…since I’m a director there will definitely be visual elements included. In some cases you’ll see the movies that I scored whilst I’m playing the themes. Then we’ll play themes from the two albums and that’ll be something different, too. So it’s going to be a retrospective of my music but also new compositions being played.”
Full world tour dates are listed below. “Lost Themes II” will be released on April 15, 2016 via Sacred Bones Records. You can preorder here.
John Carpenter 2016 Tour Dates
June 2—Primavera—Barcelona, Spain
June 15—Arlene Schnitzer—Portland, OR
June 17—Fox Theatre—Oakland, CA
June 18—Orpheum—Los Angeles, CA
June 21—Gothic Theatre—Denver, CO
June 23—Moody Theatre—Austin, TX
June 24—Majestic Theater—Dallas, TX
July 2-7—All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland— Keflavík, Iceland
July 6—International Film Festival—Neuchâtel, Switzerland
July 8—Playstation Theatre—New York, NY
July 12—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
July 15—The Masonic Temple—Detroit, MI
October 28-29—Albert Hall—Manchester, England
October 31—Troxy—London, England