Soundtrack Review: Stranger Things

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Stranger Things Vol. 1
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2016
36 Tracks with a Running Time of 1:09:56 min.
Music Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E

When the Netflix original series Stranger Things hit, it didn’t take long for the praise to come start gushing in from the viewers. It really is like a love letter to the ’80s, with so many nods to things from that era, such as Stephen King, E.T., and so much more. And one of the things that helped give the viewers that connection was this music.

Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the band S U R V I V E, they have created something that fits perfectly within this mini-series. It has the feelings and emotions of that era, using the simplest of notes. They have done an exceptional job coming up with the sound and feeling of that time, with using easy going melodies that give us a soothing sequence of notes that literally takes you back 30 years. It is quiet, slow, but constant, and just gives you that feeling of calm, such as in track #9, Castle Beyers. At least most of it. There are tracks that pick up the pace and tension a bit, but never leave that time period. For these guys to replicate this kind of music and the emotions that emit from it is just incredible.

It really sounds like they used equipment from the ’80s to create this score. There are some tracks that have a slight buzzing sound to it, like it is being played on some cheap speakers, but it just adds to the atmosphere. We’ve been listening to it straight for the last couple of days and just loving it. Major kudos to them for creating this wonderful flashback music.

If you were a fan of the series, then I don’t have to tell you that you’re going to want to add this to your collection. It is one score that won’t take more than one listen to make you realize just how good it is. It is a great example of a piece of music to have on the in the background that just fills the air with nostalgia. Can’t go wrong there, right?

Lakeshore Records will be releasing this score in two parts. Volume 1, which runs well over an hour, will be available digitally on Aug. 12th, with a CD release in Sept. 16th. The digital release of Volume 2 will be out on Aug. 19th, while the CD will be released on Sept. 23rd.

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