With the new Halloween film out October 19th, there was always going to be the release of a soundtrack album, and Waxwork Records, in collaboration with Sacred Bones Records, have it.
This is the first of the Halloween films that John Carpenter’s been involved since 1982’s Halloween III, with him acting as executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, so expect a soundtrack closer to Carpenter’s recognisable synth stylings of previous films.
The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is equally enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.
Meanwhile, over on the Sacred Bones Records website, they have their own versions on vinyl up for grabs too, so do check them out f the Waxwork Records copies seem out fast. Like their ‘art edition’ vinyl, limited to only 2000 and gone already. Although, I did notice their ‘orange pumpkin’ 12″ are still up for grabs.
Halloween (Original Motion Picture) soundtrack will be out October 18th from Waxwork Records/Sacred Bones Records priced at $25.99 on coloured vinyl. For more information read on here.