Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E have entranced and at times terrified the world with their music for the TV phenomenon Stranger Things. They’re now moving from TV to the silver screen with their debut long form film score for Rashid Johnson’s directorial debut Native Son, which was Sundance’s opening night film.
The essence of a great soundtrack is to amplify the action or acting on screen, and this is something you can visualise Affluenza achieving with ease. An eerie, drowsy affair, it moves from a dreamlike state to something more ominous, dissonant and suspenseful as the piece develops.
I’ve not seen Native Son (you can watch a trailer here) but you can’t but help creating your own mood and mental images to Affluenza, such is its power and presence. Moving and mesmeric, it shows Dixon and Stein can recreate their aural magic outside the 80s infused dark pop references of Stranger Things.
Affluenza will feature on the upcoming soundtrack release for Native Son which is out April 5th via Milan Records. The film screens on HBO from 6th April.