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Tangerine Dream releases stunning Stranger Things soundtrack covers

Pioneering German electronic music act Tangerine Dream have released a pair of gorgeous covers from the soundtrack of Netflix sci-fi/horror series Stranger Things.

Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of Texas group Survive wrote the original score for the series, being heavily influenced by '80s electronic artists. Snippets of Tangerine Dream songs have been used in the series already. Hence having such an influential artist cover the soundtrack is a huge compliment to Stein and Dixon.

Tangerine Dream gives bolder take on Stranger Things soundtrack

The original themes by Stein and Dixon were understated, as befits a soundtrack. Tangerine Dream's take on the tracks are bolder and command your attention more fully. Both covers are absolutely stunning examples of ambient synthesizer work. They can be heard Tangerine Dream's SoundCloud here. The second track is based around the main theme. They appear to have uploaded one of the songs twice due to a glitch.

Stein recently commented on the creation of the score:

"We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn't '80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern. Having a familiarity with classic synths worked, but with an overall forward thinking approach."

Stranger Things soundtrack vinyl release coming next month

The soundtrack has got almost as much attention as the show itself. Last month the soundtrack was made available for digital release in two volumes. The first volume is due for a CD release on October 14 and is out on vinyl on October 28 in the US and UK. The double vinyl LP will be available in other territories on November 11. The details for the physical release of the second volume as well as a 4xLP limited edition box set will be revealed "soon". Lakeshore Records is handling the US release while Invada is responsible for the UK release and the box set.

Stranger Things, in case you missed the memo, stars Winona Rider as the mother of a boy who goes missing in small town Indiana in the '80s. It takes influence from horror mastermind Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg. The series and Rider's performance has been highly critically acclaimed. Netflix recently confirmed the show has been renewed for a second series, due out in 2017.

Tangerine Dream released Quantum Gate earlier this year, which was their first studio album since the death of founding member Edgar Froese. The Berliners controversially decided to continue despite the passing of the group's sole remaining original member. Last Friday the group released the 18-track Live at the Philharmony Szczecin – Poland double album. The performance at the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall was the first live show from the trio since Froese's death in January 2015.