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Sacred Bones Records Presents JOHN CARPENTER’S LOST THEMES IV: NOIR

Sacred Bones Records Presents JOHN CARPENTER'S LOST THEMES IV: NOIR

The iconic trio John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies are back with their highly anticipated fourth installment in the Lost Themes series, Lost Themes IV: Noir.

Along with the announcement, the trio share their first single from the collection (“My Name Is Death”) and accompanying Ambar Navarro directed music video starring Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood), Staz Lindes (The Paranoyds) and Misha Lindes (SadGirl).

It’s been a decade since John Carpenter recorded the material that would become Lost Themes, his debut album of non-film music and the opening salvo in one of Hollywood’s great second acts. Those vibrant, synth-driven songs, made in collaboration with his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, kickstarted a musical renaissance for the pioneering composer and director. In the years since, Carpenter, Carpenter, and Davies have released close to a dozen musical projects, including a growing library of studio albums and the scores for David Gordon Green’s trilogy of Halloween reboots. With Lost Themes IV: Noir, they’ve struck gold again, this time mining the rich history of the film noir genre for inspiration.


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Since the first Lost Themes, John has referred to these compositions as “soundtracks for the movies in your mind.” On the fourth installment in the series, those movies are noirs. Like the film genre they were influenced by, what makes these songs “noirish” is sometimes slippery and hard to define, and not merely reducible to a collection of tropes. The scores for the great American noir pictures were largely orchestral, while the Carpenters and Davies work off a sturdy synth-and-guitar backbone. The noir quality, then, is something you understand instinctively when you hear it. Davies notes:

“Some of the music is heavy guitar riffs, which is not in old noir films. But somehow, it’s connected in an emotional way.”

The trio’s free-flowing chemistry means Lost Themes IV: Noir runs like a well-oiled machine – the 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster from Kiss Me Deadly, perhaps, or the 1958 Plymouth Fury from John’s own Christine. It’s a chemistry that’s helped power one of the most productive stretches of John’s creative life, and Noir proves that it’s nowhere near done yielding brilliant results. John summarizes:

“This is who we are, I think. Daniel’s the adventurer. He pushes for new sounds, new directions. He tries things that I haven’t thought of. He’s a lot more daring than I am, and he enriches the whole thing. Cody’s the musician. He’s a savant at music. He understands music. We depend on him to rescue us.”

And what about John’s contribution? With characteristic understatement, he concludes:

“I’m the experience. I’ve done music for movies before.”

Pressed on transparent red / standard black vinyl with a gold foil stamped jacket, and Sacred Bones exclusive clear vinyl with red splatter (limited to 1000) / black and white splatter (limited to 150) with a alternate silver foil stamped jacket + bonus 7″ of “Black Cathedral” with a screen printed B side. All vinyl copies come with a massive 24×36″ fold-out poster.

A CD and cassette are also available to pre-order at sacredbonesrecords.com

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