John Carpenter directed Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York, and that alone means he’s one of the best movie directors of the past half-century. But he’s also a musical visionary, and his pulsating electronic scores to his own movies helped give those movies their texture. Last year, he released Lost Themes, his first-ever non-soundtrack album, and it was awesome. Next month, he’ll follow it up with Lost Themes II, another LP of ominous instrumentals. We’ve already posted “Distant Dream,” and now he’s shared the pounding, atmospheric synth-rocker “Angel’s Asylum,” originally intended as a companion piece to Asylum, the comic book that he co-created with his wife, the movie producer Sandy King. Listen to it below.
Lost Themes II is out 4/15 on Sacred Bones.