After many fans made it loud and clear that they wanted a soundtrack for Netflix's hit series Stranger Things, the streaming service announced that it is happening! This Friday, the first in a two volume set of music will be released by Netflix and Lakeshore records. Details have been announced for this epic soundscape, with Pitchfork previewing the first track.
The Stranger Things soundtrack comes from musicians Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who are part of the Austin band S U R V I V E. Volume One will be available this Friday as a digital release. It contains 36 tracks. The CD release won't be available in stores and for online ordering until a few weeks later on September 16. At this time, there are no announced plans for a vinyl release. The 36 tracks include the following.
"1. Stranger Things, 2. Kids, 3. Nancy and Barb, 4. This Isn't You, 5. Lay-Z-Boy, 6. Friendship, 7. Eleven, 8. A Kiss, 9. Castle Beyers, 10. Hawkins, 11. The Upside Down, 12. After Sarah,13. One Blink For Yes, 14. Photos in the Woods, 15. Fresh Blood,16. Lamps, 17. Hallucinations, 18. Hanging Lights, 19. Biking to School, 20. Are You Sure?, 21. Agents, 22. Papa, 23. Cops Are Good at Finding, 24. No Weapons, 25. Walking Through the Nether, 26. She'll Kill You, 27. Run Away, 28. No Autopsy, 29. Dispatch, 30. Joyce and Lonnie Fighting, 31. Lights Out, 32. Hazmat Suits, 33. Theoretically, 34. You Can Talk to Me, 35. What Else Is There to Do?, 36. Hawkins Lab."
Stranger Things Season 1 consists of 8 episodes and plays like a six and a half hour movie. As such, there is a lot of music. That means a second volume is also planned, and already has a release date. The track list for this next collection of songs won't arrive until closer to release, with the digital version coming next week on August 19. The CD will be in stores and available online starting September 23.
S U R V I V E member Kyle Dixon explains in a press release from Lakeshore Records that the Duffer Bros., the creators of the show, were fans of his band prior to the creation of Stranger Things. And that they used some of S U R V I V E's music to pitch their sci-fi thriller. He explains.
"They used a song from our first LP in a trailer they made to pitch their concept to Netflix Once the show was picked up, they reached out to see if we were available to score the show. We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn't '80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern. This was one of the qualities that drew them to our music in the first place. Having a familiarity with classic synths worked, but with an overall forward thinking approach."
Stranger Things has become somewhat of a phenomenon for Netflix, and while Season 2 hasn't been officially announced, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings essentially confirmed the renewal during the TCAs this past weekend. The show was created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, who cut their teeth through a number of short films and by serving as executive producers on Fox's Wayward Pines last season. In a recent interview, Matt Duffer revealed that they didn't necessarily want to answer every question at the end of Season 1, but they also didn't want to resolve the main story. They also revealed that the second season, if it's ordered, would be quite similar to the first season, with eight episodes spanning between 45 and 55 minutes long, but we don't know for sure if Winona Ryder and the rest of the cast will return. Here is the first track released from the soundtrack titled 'She'll Kill You'.