John Carpenter was one of the great filmmakers of the ’70s and ’80s; we have him to thank for pure gold like The Thing and The Live and Big Trouble In Little China. He also composed the chilly electronic scores for many of those movies, including the iconic music for Halloween, Assault On Precinct 13, and Escape From New York. Carpenter has lately retired from filmmaking, but music has become something of a second career. Last year, he released Lost Themes, an album of bleary, epic synth drones, and it was awesome. In a couple of weeks, he’ll follow that up with Lost Themes II, another LP of music that could (and, in a better world, would) soundtrack images of postapocalyptic gang wars or whatever. We’ve heard the early tracks “Distant Dream” and “Angel’s Asylum,” and you can now stream the full album below, via NPR.
Lost Themes II is out 4/15 on Sacred Bones.