Stranger Things, Vol 1 is the first of two digital releases supporting the Netflix Original hit (Vol 2 will be released 8/19/16). The physical CD’s won’t be released until 9/16/16 and 9/23/16 respectively and it’s uncertain if vinyl will be an option. Volume 1 has 36 original tracks (more on that below), but it’s unclear whether Volume 2 will contain the various artists assembled throughout the show or more original score. Perhaps a mix of both?
Here’s the really crappy part. As far as I’ve seen, this soundtrack is exclusive to Apple Music/iTunes. I haven’t heard or read if it will be available on any other digital source in the near future. That is extremely vexing as I refuse to give Apple a dime of my money, but that’s another rant for another time. Obviously, there are playlists assembled by fans and Lakeshore Records has made some of the original tracks available on Soundcloud, so that helps dull the sting.
I’ve done my best to provide you with as much of the music as I can at the moment. So let’s discuss. Stranger Things, Vol 1 contains the original music score by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (of the Austin, TX band SURVIVE). It is very “80s nostalgia” with layered, heavy synths and intertwining guitar riffs. This perfectly underscores the show’s 1983 Indiana setting. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the show’s eight episode score came straight from the 80s since it fits so well with the additional music they use. To that end, what you’ll find are 60s, 70s, and 80s classics from The Seeds, Jefferson Airplane, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Toto, Corey Hart, Echo & The Bunnymen and many others.
I don’t really want to get into the details of the show other than to say it’s a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi/thriller. If you have Netflix and haven’t checked it out yet, you should remedy that immediately. If you don’t have Netflix, find a friend who does and thank me later.
… and the Spotify playlist…