Michaelson announced the new project in a statement to Billboard Wednesday, revealing that the loss of her parents inspired her to expand upon the universe crafted by the Duffer Brothers in musical form. Initially, however, Michaelson put that inspiration into poetry. "[Stranger Things] brings me back to a place of safety and comfort when everything seemed simple," she said. "Especially after losing my parents, the idea of living in that space, even for an hour at a time, is not only intoxicating, it's necessary. I started writing poems inspired by the show and I realized how connected I was to it and my childhood and to that innocence lost."
Michaelson hasn't set a release date for the untitled Stranger Things album just yet, but she confirmed Wednesday that it will be timed to coincide with the Netflix drop of the show's third season, which may or may not mean October 2018.
In addition to bagging major hits with "Girls Chase Boys" and "The Way I Am," Michaelson has recently forayed into film and theater. She appears alongside Jermaine Clement and Elliott Gould in this year's Humor Me; in 2017, her Broadway debut arrived when she played Sonya in the Tony-winning musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.
The synth-filled Stranger Things score itself is also a musical feat, even when viewed outside the context of the series. Composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performed the score in its entirety for lucky Los Angeles fans at the Ace Hotel theatre last November. Perhaps Ingrid will join them for the 2018 edition?