The original Lost Themes album came as a pleasant surprise after years of relative silence from Carpenter but the third instalment sees him in the midst of a resurgent moment as a cultural force. The 2018 Halloween score gave his music its biggest audience in decades, and the world he releases his new album into is one that has, at long last, given him the credit he deserves as a founding father of modern electronic music.

“We begin with a theme, a bass line, a pad, something that sounds good and will lead us to the next layer,” John says of the trio’s process. “We then just keep adding on from there. We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, how to communicate without words, and the process is easier now than it was in the beginning. We’ve matured.”

Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. They’ve composed and performed as a trio throughout this entire run, on studio albums, on soundtracks, and onstage. Here, the trio reaches a new level of creative mind meld. Richly rendered worlds are built in the interplay between Davies’s guitar and the dueling synthesizers played by the Carpenters.

 

Tracklisting:

1.Alive After Death (4:05)
2. Weeping Ghost (3:33)
3. Dripping Blood (3:54)
4. Dead Eyes (3:26)
5. Vampire’s Touch (4:30)
6. Cemetery (4:11)
7. Skeleton (3:13)
8. Turning the Bones (3:33)
9. The Dead Walk (4:25)
10. Carpathian Darkness (5:36)