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I don't really have to sell this to you do I? First up it's the soundtrack for Netflix new telly programme that Phil tells me is good. Secondly it has a synth vibe reminiscent of all those synth guys you know and love. You can bet your house that the first name I'm going to throw at you is John Carpenter closely followed by Tangerine Dream, Cliff Martinez and a bit of Aphex Twin thrown in for good measure. Created by two of the guys from S U R V I V E. Sold. 

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Stranger Things: Season 1 - Volume 1 by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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9/10 Laurie 13 October 2016

It’s hard to avoid the much-hyped '80s fetish fest that is Stranger Things. Born from a hoard of cash from deep in the Netflix vaults, it is a stylistic gem that would be incredible passe if it wasn’t so incredibly good. With classic '70s-'80s horror on the rise, it makes sense that it would be a bit popular, but jeez, everyone’s going on about it. Me included. So much so that Robin refuses to watch it in some kind of pathetic act of social defiance.

It doesn’t even matter if you’ve seen it or not, you don’t really have to to appreciate what two of the dudes from S U R V I V E have done here. They’ve assembled all the stereotypical sounds of the time and painted a drama of high school, neon signs, X Files encounters and spooky mysterious goings-on mostly with a room full of synths. One of the central sonic themes is a high-pitched synth pad that’s like the song of a young girl with an alien-like quality - this will sound familiar to anyone who’s seen it. Presumably it is their way of portraying lead role ‘Eleven’ as otherworldly. She’s not an alien though, so don’t worry, this review is spoiler-free.

These two ruffians do end up being dark n droney at times, cos every show’s got to have peril and impending doom somewhere. But in my eyes where they excel is in the more gentle, twinkly or tender moments, with little blips floating over the top of almost ambient synth washes. Remember the lights scenes? I think it’s supposed to go with that. Obviously the main theme is great and very John Carpenter, a name which I couldn’t resist using here. But the sound design is very much updated here, with totally creepy morphing sounds in the distance of tracks like ‘The Upside Down’. Reminds me of Tangerine Dream and Cliff Martinez's 'Drive'.

Basically, if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. There’s your spoiler. If you still don’t want to, the plot is that there’s a boy with the acting range of Daniel Radcliffe that a bunch of people try to save from a bad thing. Should have let him die. Or at least replaced the actor.



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