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Essential tracks: John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' gives off eerie, futuristic sounds

Other picks include John Tejada's, 'Signs Under Test' and 'Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness.'

John Carpenter, "Lost Themes" (Sacred Bones). Horror movie master John Carpenter is best known for his classic screamers including "Halloween," "Escape From New York" and "They Live," but many may not realize that the director also scores his own movies, filling them with eerie strings and throbbing synthesizers. "Lost Themes" is Carpenter's first nonsoundtrack musical release and features work composed specifically for this project. An all-instrumental album, "Lost Themes" could well be the score to some unwritten treatment. If so, it'd be some futuristic horror movie, filled as it is with throbs of analog synthesizer...