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Artist To Watch: John Carpenter

It’s fitting the Jersey-born New York-to-Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist John Carpenter shares a name with the man behind the Halloween franchise: There’s something autumnal and spooky about his soulful, romantic rock ‘n’ roll. See, for instance, “Seasons,” the A-Side of his new Mexican Summer 7″: It sounds like vintage Scott Walker fronting the Zombies. (To get more contemporary, you might think, too, of a hazier sounding Fresh & Onlys.) By the time you get to the jangling B-Side “Haunt My Home,” you’ll understand why he mentions Roy Orbison, Echo & The Bunnymen, John Cale, and “early” Roxy Music as influences for his gothic-tinged garage. Both of those songs were initially included on his self-released Demos And Live Fiascos, but are now “no longer part of the release,” ostensibly to draw focus to the single. When you add those to his recent 4-song Possibilities EP, you’re getting closer to accumulating a proper full length’s worth of material, something we’d really appreciated. Take a listen.

John Carpenter – “Seasons” (MP3)

“Haunt My Home”

Here’s “One For Me,” the opening tack from the EP:The “Seasons” b/w “Haunt My Home” 7″ is out now via Mexican Summer. His Possibilities EP is out via Lost Industry. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, catch him live:

09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silver Factory Studios
09/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge