The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

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.

REVIEW: Erika De Casier – ‘Sensational’ (4AD)

Breezy, intelligent takes on late Nineties-early Noughties MTV R&B/pop make Erika De Casier’s ‘Sensational’ a riveting listen.

PLAYLIST: May 2021

All the best new music released throughout May 2021 – including Japanese Breakfast, Torres, Black Midi, Sharon Van Etten and Modest Mouse.

CLASSIC ’70s: Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’

Analyzing a bitterly divided America in 1971, Marvin Gaye’s gorgeous soul suite ‘What’s Going On’ has a legacy that resonates well beyond music.

REVIEW: St. Vincent – ‘Daddy’s Home’ (Loma Vista)

Swapping stern angularity for warm, Seventies-inspired sounds, ‘Daddy’s Home’ is a personal affair for Annie Clark but perhaps the least knowable St. Vincent album.