Synthwave Further Listening for Fans of “Stranger Things”

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Com Truise, Xander Harris, Yves De mey, and Diamondstein.
From the left: Com Truise, Xander Harris, Yves De mey, and Diamondstein.

There are many reasons for the runaway success of Stranger Things. More than just being a tasteful ’80s tribute, the hit Netflix series gets so many of the small emotional details right: the heated D&D campaigns, the moonlit bike rides, the welcome return of Winona Ryder, and the narrative references to the Greatest Steves of All Time: King and Spielberg.

Then there’s there’s the score, courtesy of S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, which never feels cheesy or forced. Instead, it strikes a nostalgic chord, favoring subtle and sinister cues that either match or set the mood of nearly every pivotal scene. The title sequence is the perfect example—an instant meme that sneaks up behind you and whispers, “Boo.”

With S U R V I V E’s Relapse debut (

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