Halloween Original SoundtrackÂ
(Sacred Bones Records)
Riffing on the simplest (and now one of the most recognizable) few note themes ever created for a movie, John Carpenter, along with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, bring us theirÂ Halloween Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Mainly youâ€™ll hear what you know, that classic theme and the pumping low piano hits, backed up mostly with modern elements like extra percussion and more up-to-date synth bleeds. It’s when the tunes stray from the main theme that things get interesting.Â The piano-led â€œAllyson Discovered,â€ and pulsing low synth with the high string sound over the top of â€œSay Something,â€ work especially well.
Even for stuff that is just soundscape color, the tunes donâ€™t last too long. Though indeed, there are moments like â€œThe Shape is Monumental,â€ a breathing-like synth over a low mournful one, and its follow-up â€œThe Shape and Laurie Fight,â€ where I wanted more. This last piece, where the heroine and Michael face off, starts with some loud industrial bleats, flows into just low slow pulses, then we get a tickle of keys we have heard from Halloween before; another solid tune.
“Halloween Triumphantâ€ is a pure update of the original movie’s main theme. Itâ€™s big, plodding, with lots of â€œshucky shuckâ€ flybyes, and a wailing guitar lead that runs nearly eight minutes. I dug this last bit, it really sounds like a triumph and celebration of this franchise that, by all accounts, will end with this last movie.