The new Netflix series Stranger Things is my current obsession. I love the 80’s sci-fi, fantasy, horror adventure that reminds me of some of my favourite movies growing up; Goonies, Gremlins, even Monster Squad.
There is so much to love about the 8-part series what went live on Netflix on July 15th and one of the elements that gets people excited is the synthy 80s throwback soundtrack.
The score and title song features glorious, ominous, pulsating synths.
Friend-of-the-show Justine sent me this story from The Nerdist talking about the Austin, Texas band S U R V I V E who are behind the sounds.
Austin 360 says S U R V I V E formed in 2008. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein made music for other soundtracks and the Duffer Brothers, creators of Stranger Things, were fans of their work. They asked them create original music for the show. In an interview with Noisey the band members said saying yes to the Duffer Brothers was easy, “We received an email from the directors asking if we would be interested in doing scoring work. Our response was an instant yes and once we received a synopsis and some preliminary artwork for the show we new it was a perfect fit.”
This song was created for the soundtrack to the 2014 film The Guest.
The soundtrack to movie also contains a ton of era-specific music. The song “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash is used to wonderful effect in the film.
Now we wait for Netflix to release the soundtrack…on cassette.