Netflix's Stranger Things is a living, breathing piece of nostalgia that brings us all back to the gold ol' days of the Reagan Era. Even if you didn't come of age in the 1980s, you can still appreciate the music, fashion trends, and pop culture references from a time you never knew. That's the genius of the Duffer Brothers' show; it makes you wistful for a period in history that not everyone got to enjoy, but that everyone can immediately recognize.
Along with all the throwback visuals crammed into the series, the original score by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein also recaptures the decade with an abundance of synthesized cues that the '80s were known for. To make things even more nostalgic, Lakeshore Records is releasing the Season 2 soundtrack in the form of a cassette tape. Remember those? It's the thing that houses Peter Quill's Awesome Mixes. Not only that, but the tape's box is meant to look like a worn out paperback book from 30 years ago.
Cassette tapes were first introduced in the late 1960s and became one of two preferred methods of music enjoyment along with vinyl records in the 1970s and '80s, until CDs became all the rage in the 1990s and early 2000s. Nevertheless, tapes were a massive part of the driving experience once car manufacturers began installing tape decks in all of their vehicles. Back in the day, if you wanted to show someone you cared about them, you recorded a personalized mixtape for them. You just don't see that kind of romance anymore...
The book motif is a continuation of the show's emulation of classic Stephen King novels, particular in its opening credits sequence. Moreover, this is the only album related to Stranger Things that features illustrator Kyle Lambert's poster for Season 2. Becoming available on or around June 5, the cassette version of the soundtrack features all 34 tracks from the second season's score. If you're even more old school than tapes, you can pick up a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl in both red and blue color schemes.