The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ellie Wolf

REVIEW: St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (Loma Vista)

‘MASSEDUCTION’ can be read both as St. Vincent being seduced into significant Pop culture relevancy and, conversely, her taking the entire medium of celebrity and Pop and making it work for her. Choosing to interpret it as the latter makes for one of the best and consistent listens of the year.

CLASSIC ’00s: Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’

Ten years on, Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ sounds like a band reveling in freedom from expectations and enjoying a rare period of creative freedom.

REVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Hiss Spun’ (Sargent House)

Chelsea Wolfe’s fifth album ‘Hiss Spun’ is so remorselessly, unrelentingly bleak that it becomes physically tiring.

REVIEW: Hundred Waters – ‘Communicating’ (!K7 / OWSLA)

Hundred Waters’ third album ‘Communicating’ sees them spread further from their folktronica origins to make themselves relevant and interesting all over again.

REVIEW: Mount Kimbie – ‘Love What Survives’ (Warp Records)

Mount Kimbie’s third album ‘Love What Survives’ sees them go further down the path of third-party collaboration with their post-dubstep sound, and it’s enjoyable without being definitive.

REVIEW: Daughter – ‘Music From Before The Storm’ (4AD)

Following two decent albums of sumptuous, dreamy indie-rock, Daughter’s next move is to provide the soundtrack to a video game.

REVIEW: The War On Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (Atlantic)

On ‘A Deeper Understanding’, Adam Granduciel travels even further into his own haunted mindscape to make another War On Drugs masterpiece.

REVIEW: Foster The People – ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ (Columbia / Sony)

Probably now doomed to be remembered as a one-hit wonder, Foster The People’s utterly inoffensive third album ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ completely lacks originality.