There have been many breakout success stories from “Stranger Things,” from directors and creators The Duffer Brothers, to the star-making turn by Millie Bobby Brown, and right up there is the tremendous soundtrack work by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. The duo, who are also members of the band S U R V I V E, pulled together a terrific score, one that quickly became as talked about as the series itself, and they were often accomplishing this on very tight deadlines.
“Sometimes it would be like, ‘Hey, we need these four cues tomorrow, because we’re going to premiere it to the Netflix production team that’s up above us, and they have to sign off on everything,’ ” Stein told The New York Times.
” ‘“Execs want to see it, we need these scenes in there by tomorrow,’ and then we’d be working all night,” Dixon added.
Not only did they hit the deadlines, Dixon and Stein turned out a lot of music, so much that the official soundtrack release has been split into two volumes, with the first part arriving last week (check it out here). And in advance of this week’s release of Volume 2, we’ve got an exclusive stream of the extended “Stranger Things” theme. And it’s terrific stuff.
“Stranger Things Vol. 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)” arrives digitally on Friday, with the CD hitting stores on September 23rd. And if you want to hear the soundtrack performed live, Dixon and Stein are headed to the Unsound festival taking place from October 16-23 to do just that.