The Netflix Original Stranger Things is everywhere right now. Everyone is either watching it, talking about it, theorizing about it, or rocking out to its amazingly 80s soundtrack. But if you just can't get enough of the Synthwave score - composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, otherwise known as S U R V I V E - then you're in luck: 80s throwback music is in, and a lot of really cool musicians are doing some incredible things with the format. Check out these artists to fill that nostalgic 80's sound void.
From the scary, to the upbeat, to the minimal, to the delightfully cheesy, listening to these tracks will take you right back to 1985. If you're ready to be transported into a world of feel good nostalgia mixed with terrifying suspense, sink your teeth into these totally awesome Synthwave tracks.
Not only is John Carpenter one of the most talented directors ever in horror, he also scored over a dozen of his own films. His minimal synth style and film soundscapes have been praised for decades. John Carpenter's first two solo albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II are well-received master classes in understated Synthwave.
If LazerHawk doesn't get your booty moving, your booty must be dead. Their music has all the crunch, all the cheese, and all the kick-ass synth you could ever need. If you like the kind of relentless '80's electro that knocks your skull in, you need to get on LazerHawk, like, yesterday.
S U R V I V E
You can't have a Synthwave list for people who loved the Stranger Things score and not include the composers themselves. The Austin, TX-based duo released a full-length, self-titled album in 2012, and a second LP, RR7349, will be out in September 2016.
The first track off that album, "A.H.B," offers everything that was great about the Stranger Things main theme - ethereal synths, understated but no less driving beats, and excellent sonic movements.
For the kind of Synthwave that's pure pop fun, check out Robert Parker. He truly captures those patent 80's vibes, creating music that is the auditor equivalent of warm, fuzzy blankets.This is the kind of delightful nostalgia you can't help but dance to.