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Future Is Now: Survive


Future Is Now: Survive

For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.

SOUNDS LIKE: The throbbing, synth-heavy soundtracks to imaginary Seventies and Eighties flicks – most likely found in VHS shell cases.

FOR FANS OF: Tangerine Dream, Giorgio Moroder, John Carpenter

WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: You may have heard Survive's Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein providing the soundtrack to Netflix series Stranger Things, 2016's most celebrated nostalgia trip. But together with fellow Austinites Adam Jones and Mark Donica, they make up this warm, goosebump-centric band that explores a darker, more grandiose breed of cinematic menace. After issuing a handful of cassette and vinyl releases since 2010 (earning the attention of Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers in the process), Relapse released Survive's most high-profile album yet, RR7349, a moody giallo full of vocoders, zombie-stepping drum machines and swooning melodies.

THEY SAY: Dixon credits I Luv Video, Austin's self-proclaimed "oldest and largest video store in the world", for helping him expand his horizons. "I Luv Video is literally one block from my house. I try to rent from them as often as possible... They have a huge horror section, so a lot of times I'll just get stuff if it's got a Goblin or a Tangerine Dream score and just see what it sounds like. They have a huge Argento collection, so we get to see all that. And then there's a Tangerine Dream score for Sorcerer that's great. I've rented that one a few times. The Keep. I think you can only get The Keep on VHS."

"I'm a huge fan of Giorgio Moroder's soundtracks," says Stein, "and the stuff that he did with Harold Faltermeyer. They have, like, a weird romance vibe. I don't know if it's some modal-style of playing, but it's really ingenious. Obviously John Carpenter's films. That brooding kind of... awesome use of dissonance and just propelling scenes."

HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Album opener "A.H.B." stomps through gritty horror-flick atmosphere and sweeping bloody valentines.


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