Volumes One & Two
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.