"I came from music. My father was a music teacher. I grew up with it," Halloween director John Carpenter told the Mercury's Aris Hunter Wales in 2016, shorty before he came through Portland to perform songs from his albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II. "My first love is cinema. It's always going to be, I think. But [the Lost Themes records] are an opportunity to do something and have sort of a second act in my career."
This weekend, a new Halloween movie opens (read our interview with co-writer Danny McBride here), and while Carpenter isn't directing it, he did provide the score. Carpenter's unmistakable music has been wildly influential and widely imitated, but nothing else ever comes close to it; for many, the chance to hear a new Carpenter score is just as exciting as getting to see Michael Myers back on the big screen.
Yesterday, Sacred Bones Records released "Halloween Triumphant," one of the tracks from Carpenter's new Halloween score. It's Carpenter-y and Halloween-y in all the best ways, with a thudding, propulsive menace pulsing through his now-familiar theme:
"I only had three days to write it, and the main title was a piano riff on my father teaching me 5/4 time on the bongos when I was 13," Carpenter recently told the New York Times about his original Halloween score from 1978. I'm guessing he had a bit longer than three days to write this new one, and I'm antsy for Sacred Bones to put the rest of it out there already. They will on Friday.