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Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things 3: A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack

by Florian Meissner Rating:8 Release Date:2019-09-20
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 3
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things 3: A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack

When it comes to TV shows, we’ve seen a proper rush by all major networks to land that hit show that’ll bring them millions. Think about Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones – shows that had millions captivated for years. But the biggest player when it comes to successful hit TV shows is definitely Netflix, and with Stranger Things, they’ve created an instant classic.

Stranger Things lives and breaths 80s nostalgia. Double denim, high top Nikes, trucker hats, mullets… Stranger Things has brought it all back, whether we were happy it was gone, or not. And along with it comes a great choice in music: The Clash, The Police, Madonna, Olivia Newton-John, Joy Division, Toto, Bon Jovi… the soundtrack reads like a who-is-who of 1980s rock and pop classics. But it’s not just the soundtrack that is worth getting your hands on. The score, composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, half of Austin-based electronic band S U R V I V E, is just as captivating and enticing as the show itself.

Basically, Dixon and Stein could’ve just revamped the scores of season one and two, but instead, they decided to differ from the dark, sinister sounds of the preceding two scores and created a more 80s synth pop-vibe. The songs are happier, lighter, but without that subliminal, haunting feeling. Songs like “Starcourt” are so painfully 80s synthpop, just listening to it will give you a mullet and make you combine denim jackets and jeans again. 

But it’s not all just fun and games. The score still has those dark moments, those haunting songs that will make the blood freeze in your veins. Because after all, it is the soundtrack for a sci-fi/horror show, so you can’t just have sunshine and good vibes. And that’s what makes this soundtrack so much better than its two predecessors: it’s balanced. While number one and two were overall really dark and sinister, number three is a score worth listening to as an album of its own rights – even if you didn’t enjoy season 3 of Stranger Things as much (because apparently, some people thought it wasn’t that good?).

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