Portland-based indie electro pop duo Glass Candy recently premiered the retro-cool video "Halloween," the first single from their upcoming record Body Work. It's not only a haunting tribute not only to our favorite holiday, but also an homage to John Carpenter's classic 1978 film (not to mention Carpenter's own musical compositions). We've posted the clip after the jump, along with more info on the band, so turn the page and get your old-school Halloween groove on...
Glass Candy instrumentalist Johnny Jewel lists John Carpenter as one of his musical inspirations, along with Italian progressive rock icons Goblin (best known for their amazing music for the early films of Dario Argento). Those influences come though in their use of classic analog synthesizers in the mode of bands like Zombi, Anima Morte and Giallos Flame... but with the sultry touch of new-wave-style melodies from vocalist from Ida No. The band's profile got a big boost after the track "Digital Versicolour" made it into the 2008 cult film Bronson by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive).
They've been keeping the details of Body Work under wraps, except for a blog post this summer showing what looks like the album's tracklist. The vintage-look video for "Halloween" was directed by Alberto Rossini, and just like the song itself, it's lo-fi, surreal and spooky... but for some reason, the visuals and costumes seem to reference the film Logan's Run more than Carpenter's horror hit. Check it out below: