Best Summer Soundtrack

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein

Netflix summer obsession Stranger Things may have launched a thousand internet odes to its ill-fated heroine Barb, but what’s stuck most with us is its doomy, retro score, courtesy of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin synth band Survive. It has a sound you can’t quite put your finger on – bar to bar recalling John Carpenter, Brian Eno, Éric Serra’s The Big Blue soundtrack, the stomach flutter of your first kiss, and the special dread of a monster under your bed. It’s the sound of the familiar reinvented into something bracing and brand-new. Hit repeat.

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