Stranger Things, both in its first and second season, was full of little nods, winks, and Easter eggs to pop culture and everyday life of yesteryear but did you know that there were some more modern things hidden in there too? We’re already familiar with the theme song and the entire synthwave inspired soundtrack, masterfully done by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E, but while that music has taken front and center stage there’s been another act and their music hiding in the back, just waiting for their time to shine. While I cannot take any responsibility for their discovery, I can at least inform other people of their existence and, more importantly, I can highlight their music as a result. Without further ado, I introduce: Space Knife!
As revealed by AVClub.com in an expose article, Craig Johnson, who was the set dresser on both seasons of Stranger Things, hid little references in the background of a number of scenes to that of his own synthwave project called Space Knife. While it’s true origins can be traced all the way back to 2010, in a couple of rather over the top and humorous music videos on their official YouTube channel, it wasn’t until 2013 that the project would officially be released on Bandcamp with a three song EP entitled Greatest Hits Volume One.
Now, four years and two seasons of Stranger Things later, Space Knife has just recently released a new single and accompanied music video called The Vow. Yes all of their music, much like their videos, have tongue planted firmly in cheek with cheese just oozing out the mouth but that’s the point of it all is it not? I mean, c’mon, that’s what the 80’s were all about! Although that doesn’t mean that they don’t have an appreciation for it all as, in an interview with AL.com, Craig Johnson stated that “the music I’m listening to while I’m writing is usually the scores to John Carpenter movies. That’s just my favorite kind of soundtrack to movies, the 80’s synth score. And so for my song to be mixed in with [Stranger Things] is pretty awesome.” Here’s hoping for more awesomeness in Season 3!