2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Archive 81’

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Series

The Archive 81 soundtrack includes music by Sonic Youth, Digable Planets and Joy Division. This info article contains spoilers for Rebecca Sonnenshine’s Netflix series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Archive 81 stars Mamoudou Athie as Dan Turner, a New York City archivist who researches disturbing documentary footage. Dina Shihabi co-stars as Melody Pendras, an NYU filmmaker disappears in the 90s while investigating a cult. The composing team of Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (Annihilation) scored the eight-episode horror series; music supervisor Row Lowry (Freaky) handled the featured tracks. Here’s every song in Archive 81, an adaptation of Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger’s podcast.

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Mystery Signals”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • No Featured Songs

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Wellspring”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “All In My Mind” by Love and Rockets (00:20): Melody attends a social event. The Archive 81 soundtrack song plays as she navigates the party with a video camera. Melody chats with Tamara Stefano (Kate Eastman).
  • “Where I’m From” by Digable Planets (00:23): Jess Lewis (Ariana Neal) discusses missing mail with Melody. She states that a noisy woman was looking for her. The hip-hop track scores a dancing sequence featuring Anabelle Cho (Julia Chan).

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Terror in the Aisles”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division (00:07): Dan sketches a chapel in a notebook. The music fades in as he crosses over into an alternative universe. Melody plays the 80s song on her walkman.
  • “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton (00:11): Melody speaks with Anabelle at the Visser. She recalls a big cabinet with a “totem thing” inside. The Archive 81 soundtrack song plays from a tape deck.
  • “Sunset City” by The Magnetic Fields (00:25): Dan discovers Melody writing in a notebook. The music is barely audible. Melody states that she had been waiting for Dan.

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Spirit Receivers”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” by Ella Fitzgerald (00:30): Cassandra Wall (Kristin Griffith) plays a record. Melody records a social gathering on the fifth floor of the Visser. Jess states that Patricia Marston (Carla Brandberg) wouldn’t mind being interviewed.
  • “A Sailboat in the Moonlight” by Billie Holiday (00:33): The Archive 81 soundtrack song scores a dinner sequence. Evie Crest (Michelle Federer) discusses a painting. She compares the spiritual premise to her work as an actress.
  • “C’est Magnifique” by Lucienne Delyle (00:36): Tamara makes an insensitive statement during a dinner. Evie acknowledges the idea that her father might’ve committed suicide. Cassandra theorizes about a way to speak with the dead.

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Through the Looking Glass”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Dirty Boots” by Sonic Youth (00:37): Melody arrives at an art show. She takes a drink of red wine and looks around nervously. The Archive 81 soundtrack song continues as Anabelle greets Melody.

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “The Circle”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • No Featured Songs

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Ferryman”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Flyaway Flapper” by Daniel Barda (00:29): A band plays the Archive 81 soundtrack song during a 20s sequence. Iris (Georgina Haig) chats with party guests. The music cuts as she speaks with Rose (Meg Hennessy).
  • “Wow!” by Henning Ruete (00:30): Iris and Rose walk down a staircase. Party guests dance to the music. The tune fades as Rose looks at the comet Kharon.
  • “Ballroom Foxtrot” by John Leighton (00:34): Rose prepares for a speech. The music drops as she clinks her glass.
  • “Song of the Otherworld” by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow (00:34): Iris toasts to the heavens and the great night sky. A Clarinet player begins the song. Rose observes Iris speaking with guests.

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Archive 81 Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “What Lies Beneath”

Archive 81 Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division (00:46): The 80s song from episode 3 plays as Dan looks for Melody in an alternate reality. He enters a chapel area and roams down the central aisle. Melody listens to the Archive 81 soundtrack song through headphones.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.