At this point, it’s basically a cliche to commend the show Stranger Things for its score (performed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E), a nostalgic, neon-lit array of sounds indebted to classic 80’s synthesizer acts like Tangerine Dream, Goblin, and Vangelis. Cliches tend to be rooted in truth, however; I just binged the show’s third season over the course of two exceedingly late nights, and Dixon and Stein’s music remains excellent. With many others likely rotting their brains in front of Netflix for the same reason, now seems like an appropriate time to highlight a similarly nostalgic, similarly great new track by Pittsburgh-based artist Majeure (the solo moniker of synth wizard AE Paterra, who is also a member of the duo Zombi). “Longing, Love, Loss” is the first song released from Majeure’s upcoming album Mass Flashback (Holodeck), and it’s keeping my 80’s spirit going even though I finished Season 3 a few days back. (Side note: I was not even close to being alive during that decade. Second side note: Holodeck is actually partially run by the S U R V I V E guys!) This track overlays lively arpeggios with a sweeping, dramatic chord progression, tricking the listener with a pause about 2/3 of the way through (Is the song over? No!) before striding back in with even more melodic grandeur, setting ears alight in a blaze of twinkling synths. The song’s throwback sound is given a modern twist via the inclusion of a spacious, trap-influenced beat that serves as an anchor for the clouds of keyboard. If you’ve been watching Stranger Things, give this song a listen. Hell, give it a listen no matter what.
More from Majeure: https://majeure.bandcamp.com/
and from Zombi: https://zombi.bandcamp.com/
More music from Holodeck: https://holodeckrecords.bandcamp.com/
Check out VCO Recordings, a label partially run by Paterra: https://vcorecordings.bandcamp.com/