Review: In some ways, the impact of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein's soundtrack to Netflix's Stranger Things was more important than the music itself. Certainly, it helped to reignite interest in synthesizer-heavy TV and movie soundtracks from the 1980s, in the process inspiring a swathe of imitations. The duo's work on this soundtrack from the recently released second series offers more of the same, delivering attractive, heavily electronic music that subtly doffs a cap to a variety of synthesizer-loving composers and artists. It's naturally cinematic in nature - all the music was written to enhance or emphasize the on-screen action, after all - but far quirkier and head turning than more neo-classical scores. In other words, it's another fine selection of atmospheric synthesizer soundscapes.
Review: Talk to anyone about Stranger Things and it will only be a matter of minutes before the sensational soundtrack is mentioned. The future retro synths of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein have a huge impact on deepening the occult feelings you experience when watching the show and that continued through Series 3. Now you can grab the accompanying tracks on this mysterious CD, which features the vulnerable "You're A Fighter", celebratory 80s synth pop stomps of "Starcourt" and meditative charms of "The Ceiling Is Beautiful" amongst other nuggets of gold. The producers themselves have said this is less a score and more a series of cues, and it certainly got us thinking.