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– Announces ‘Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988)’
– Out October 6th on Sacred Bones
– Hear new track Chariots of Pumpkins” now

Today John Carpenter announces the release of a new collection, ‘Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988)’, set for release on October 6th via Sacred Bones.

By now everyone should know, John Carpenter is not only a celebrated filmmaker but also a musical maestro whose soundtracks have become synonymous with the genres of horror, suspense, and science fiction. His innate talent for composition and his deep understanding of how music can elevate storytelling have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema, and a haunting presence in people’s record collections.

‘Anthology II’ continues the celebration of his compositional genius via an excellently sequenced collection of some of his most iconic pieces of music from his extensive filmography, all newly recorded with his musical collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter.

Along with the announcement comes the album opener Chariots of Pumpkins from Halloween III, a track that perfectly captures the eerie essence of the cult classic film with its pulsating synths and haunting melodies, engulfing the listener in a sense of unease and anticipation. The accompanying visualiser was made by Adam Fuchs and Chris Bilheimer.

Speaking on the track, Carpenter comments: “This piece was made for someone else’s movie, the Tommy Lee Wallace directed Halloween III. I don’t remember what his specific direction for me was for the main titles, but I wanted to reflect a kind of science fiction feel. The sound has been updated and it was fun to redo this song. The three of us using modern and updated sounds and production has influenced the overall feel of the song.”

Listen to Chariots of Pumpkins