The kids of Hawkins, Indiana thought they had done the job last season, but they are about to find out that things are probably going to get worse. Stranger Things season 3 is coming to Netflix on July 4, but today you get to dive into the sonics of the season with the soundtrack. S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein are back with this season’s soundtrack after creating the scores for season one and two.
At 41 tracks, this season’s soundtrack was designed to be played outside of the Stranger Things universe. I listen to those soundtracks often, but for some, they may only want to listen to these tracks in a ST state of mind.
“With the Season 3 soundtrack, we’ve made an album that doesn’t feel like a ‘score’ necessarily, but one that feels more like a stand-alone record than a collection of brief cues. We’ve incorporated the main narrative elements of the series and stayed true to the original sound,” says Stein & Dixon in a statement via COS. “While at the same time expanding on our musical palette — we often pushed it to the limit. We’ve really made an effort to curate this album to showcase the moments we think are really special.”
The soundtrack captures the sound they have created for this show. It is spooky, foreboding and riveting. This soundtrack builds on their past work and doesn’t have as many of the big moments where every element builds up and hits you in the face.
It is a seamless listen, despite being broken up into 41 different tracks. The same 80’s styled synths remain a constant, but they expand the repertoire with strings, foreboding fx and drums that add to the suspense. The score builds over its 82 minutes, as things get darker, more ominous and eventually builds to what is likely a crescendo in the actual show. The Mind Flayer is coming and you can feel it through their music.
The full score is available to stream now. A physical release is forthcoming at some point.
A second score is also being released. On July 5, the show will release a score of 80’s tracks that feature in the show. That separate 80's score will drop on digital, CD and cassette on July 5, while a vinyl arrives on July 26.