Upside Down and Right Side Up: Stream the first volume of the ‘Stranger Things’ score


A few weeks ago we found a few of the real-life musical projects and efforts from the cast of Stranger Things, the hit Netflix series that has owned the summer. From Steve’s Chicago-based indie rock band Post Animal to Jonathan’s dearly-departed UK noise-rock group Comanechi, the actors’ actual bands added another layer of music to the celebrated sci-fi show.

Of course, the musical core of Stranger Things remains its soundtrack and score, and today, the latter’s first installment gets a proper digital release (the CD arrives September 16); stream it below via Apple Music, or purchase it on iTunes. Next Friday, August 19, the second volume surfaces online, with the CD following September 23.

The music, crafted by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin band Survive, is a masterful synth score that added to the drama and complexity of the show, its characters, and everything that went on through season one’s eight episodes.


“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,” Stein says in a press release, via Consequence of Sound. “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.”