John Carpenter: Skeleton / Unclean Spirit

The Horror Master returns with his first examples of non-film related new music since 2016's Lost Themes II. Skeleton b/w Unclean Soul will be out August 28th, 2020 via Sacred Bones Records. The new release finds him collaborating once more with his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies.

"It was refreshing to be able to write music that didn’t have to fit to any sort of locked image," Carpenter said. "We also had a specific focus and direction we wanted to follow when working on Halloween, both in terms of mindset and instruments, and being able to return to working without that narrow focus was refreshing. Although working on Halloween didn’t specifically influence any of these new compositions, there is always a honing of craft that must take place when working on a film like Halloween, and our improved skills definitely helped us in writing these songs."

Both songs are considered to be the introduction to what will eventually become Lost Themes III, while the three musicians are also working on Blumhouse’s upcoming Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends.

"Like the majority of the songs that we write, both Skeleton and Unclean Spirit mainly started with an improvised riff, which was then expanded and built upon to create the full song," Carpenter further elaborates. "Like the previous Lost Themes album, we each handled duties of writing and recording, with all three of us contributing ideas and parts."

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