John Carpenter, the master of horror himself, has turned up the synths on his new single ‘The Dead Walk’.
If you’re a fan of Carpenter’s classic scores for films such as Halloween, The Fog and Escape from New York then ‘The Dead Walk’ is going to be right up your alley. The acclaimed director uses synthesizers to create this moment of suspense and haunting atmosphere that makes the listener be left with no choice but to take refuge in the eerie world that the director has created.
Carpenter’s career has had somewhat of a renaissance after he provided the soundtrack to the 2018 instalment of the Halloween franchise which was the highest-grossing film yet. The success spread the word of Carpenter’s work to an even wider audience, one who will no doubt enjoy ‘The Dead Walk’ that follows in a similar vein to the 2018 soundtrack.
‘The Dead Walk’ is taken from his upcoming album, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death, which is due to be released in February. Like Carpenter’s previous Lost Themes albums, he created the record with his son, Cody Carpenter, and his godson, Daniel Davies — who has caught the musical touch from his father, The Kinks’ Dave Davies.
In a statement, Carpenter opened up about the creative process that the trio follows when working on Lost Themes, noting: “We begin with a theme, a bass line, a pad, something that sounds good and will lead us to the next layer.
“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.”
Listen to ‘The Dead Walk’, below.