As promised, the second volume of the Stranger Things soundtrack has arrived today, exactly one week after the first half surfaced. Both Volume 1 and 2 of the Netflix sci-fi horror series are now currently streaming via Apple Music with a CD release planned for September 16th and September 23rd, respectively.
The soundtrack was crafted by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin-based synth band Survive. The masterminds recently helped us carve out a helpful guide on how to play synth music, specifically detailing what equipment to buy, what albums to hear, and what to avoid. Read that here while you stream Vol. 2 below.
In his review of Stranger Things Volume 1, Zack Ruskin wrote, “This is music that also stands on its own, a work by turns eerie and sparse, but also tinged in the warm nostalgia of bike rides at dusk and the loyalty of friends. The score is ultimately more than a mood. It’s a world unto itself.”
Along with Survive’s score, the show’s first season featured an impressive soundtrack of 70s and 80s rock standards from the likes of Joy Division, The Clash, The Bangles, New Order, Toto, and Foreigner. You can find a Spotify playlist of those songs below.
While a second season of Stranger Things has yet to be officially green-lit, Netflix’s chief executive Reed Hastings said the company would be “dumb not to.” Otherwise, there are probably 15 to 20 other networks chomping at the bit to right a serious wrong.