Even when music supervisor Nora Felder isn't in active production on the runaway hit Netflix series Stranger Things, her ears are perked up. "I have the characters constantly living in my head from each of my projects," says Felder, alluding to the show's memorable cast, from the psychokinetic Eleven to police chief Jim Hopper. "When I'm driving, I'm either surfing radio stations or Spotify, and jumping between genres and decades. My musical radar is always on, even in my sleep, and I'm constantly seeking, in any way or form, whatever message the universe might decide to send me."
Felder's two decade-plus career as a music supervisor stretches back to the 1997 comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and includes other hit TV series such as Californication, Ray Donovan, What We Do In The Shadows? and Baskets, but Stranger Things is her biggest calling card these days. A cultural sensation, the foundation of the show and its fandom is an inherent nostalgia for '80s culture, style and storylines. Of course, that encapsulates its soundtrack as well, from its now-famous theme song (courtesy of the synth duo SURVIVE) to montages and diegetic music. It's such a major facet that the soundtrack to season three, already out on CD and on streaming services, sees vinyl release on Friday (July 26) via Sony Music's Legacy Recordings.