Listen to the Track Distant Dream from John Carpenter’s Lost Themes II

Horror master John Carpenter has a brand new album titled Lost Themes II headed our way on April 15th, which can now be pre-ordered via iTunes, and if you simply cannot wait, we’ve got you covered. The track “Distant Dream” has just been made available for free listening, and you are going to LOVE it.

Per the official press release, “Distant Dream” is a perfect sci-fi fever dream, built on swelling synthesizer and pulsing drum machine. The track is one of Carpenter’s creepiest works to date – proof that the ‘70s horror genre’s innovator is still also its leader in 2016.

The track accompanies a string of new live dates, including first ever appearances in the U.S., adding to the previously announced UK shows and European festival dates. You’ll find all the dates and locations below, along with the preview track and everything you need to know about the new album!

Lost Themes 2 Details:
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 milemarker 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.

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.

Live Dates:


  • 2 ES Barcelona Primavera
  • 15 US Portland Arlene Schnitzer
  • 17 US Oakland Fox Theatre
  • 18 US LA Orpheum
  • 21 US Denver Gothic Theatre
  • 23 US Austin Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
  • 24 US Dallas Majestic Theater


  • 2-7 IS Ásbrú ATP Iceland
  • 6 CH Neuchâtel International Film Festival
  • 8 US New York Playstation Theatre
  • 12 US Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
  • 15 US Detroit The Masonic Temple


  • 28 UK Manchester Albert Hall
  • 29 UK Manchester Albert Hall
  • 31 UK London Troxy

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Written by John Squires

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