The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

REVIEW: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth – ‘Utopian Ashes’ (Sony)

Surprisingly effective country-influenced duets from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Savages’ Jehnny Beth on ‘Utopian Ashes’.

PLAYLIST: June 2021

All the best music released throughout June 2021 – including Lorde, Public Service Broadcasting, Tyler The Creator, Damon Albarn and Clairo.

REVIEW: The Mountain Goats – ‘Dark In Here’ (Merge)

John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats excel once again on 20th album ‘Dark In Here’, telegraphing pre-pandemic dread and anxiety.

CLASSIC ’70s: Joni Mitchell – ‘Blue’

A quantum leap in the singer-songwriter paradigm, Joni Mitchell’s flawless essay on love, loss and regret ‘Blue’ remains hugely powerful.

CULT ’00s: The Shins – ‘Oh, Inverted World’

The Shins’ 2001 debut ‘Oh, Inverted World’ still stands as an influential archetype for 21st century American indie.

REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney – ‘Path Of Wellness’ (Mom + Pop)

Representing a new beginning for one of alternative rock’s most venerated bands, Sleater-Kinney’s ‘Path Of Wellness’ deserves to be heard on its own terms.

REVIEW: Japanese Breakfast – ‘Jubilee’ (Dead Oceans)

Michelle Zauner delivers a stylish and diverse album of shape-shifting pop for her third Japanese Breakfast album ‘Jubilee’.

CULT ’00s: Radiohead – ‘Amnesiac’

Recorded at the same time as its more illustrious sister album ‘Kid A’, 2001’s ‘Amnesiac’ showed Radiohead matching the scope of rock with the sonic possibilities offered by electronic music.

REVIEW: Gruff Rhys – ‘Seeking New Gods’ (Rough Trade)

‘Seeking New Gods’ is another well-executed collection of understated yet joyous classic pop and rock from Gruff Rhys.