STRANGER THINGS

Vol­umes One & Two

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

In­di­ana Tones re­leased 16/23 Septem­ber (cd) out NOW! (down­load) cd/down­load la­bel lakeshore records

The mu­sic for Net­flix’s wal­low in ’80s nos­tal­gia is the work of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, half of Austin syn­thqu art et SUR­VIVE. Re­cruited af­ter the Duf­fer Broth­ers used a SUR­VIVE track to help pitch the show, they were in­volved sur­pris­ingly early – even sit­ting in on cast­ing.

It ranges from the sleepy smeared synths of a cue like “This Isn’t You” and the lul­laby-like del­i­cacy of Eleven’s theme, to the UFO foghorns of “Dan­ger Dan­ger” and au­ral panic at­tack “Some­thing In The House”. Don’t ex­pect tunes your postman could whis­tle – Dixon and Stein lack Gior­gio Moroder’s knack for a melody. It’s also rare that a cue will build the re­lent­less mo­men­tum you might as­so­ciate with John Car­pen­ter. Brian Eno and Tan­ger­ine Dream are of­ten bet­ter ref­er­ence points for un­ob­tru­sive am­bi­ent at­mos­pheres that could be spun in a chill-out room.

Over two vol­umes, this can get a bit samey, but there’s plenty of sub­tle vari­a­tion in the tones of the synths. And with 65 tracks – only ten clock­ing in un­der a minute – you get plenty of score for your buck. Ian Ber­ri­man

SURV IVE’ ssec­ondLP,RR 7349, is re­leased on 30 Septem­ber. It fea­tures nine in­stru­men­tal tracks.

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