The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ed Biggs

CLASSIC ’80s: Talking Heads – ‘Remain In Light’

An entrancing hybrid of Western rock and African musical traditions that appealed to the soul as well as the brain, Talking Heads’ 1980 album ‘Remain In Light’ remains a beacon of inspiration.

CULT ’00s: Radiohead – ‘Kid A’

Innovative in promotional terms as well as purely musical ones, it’s hard to remember a major label album as shocking and revolutionary as Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’.

CULT ’10s: Deerhunter – ‘Halcyon Digest’

A masterwork of complex, multi-faceted and deeply moving dream-pop, Deerhunter’s 2010 album ‘Halcyon Digest’ was one of the decade’s most underrated records.

CLASSIC ’70s: Neil Young – ‘After The Gold Rush’

‘After The Gold Rush’ stands as a late entry to the Great American Songbook, properly establishing Neil Young as a solo star.

REVIEW: Doves – ‘The Universal Want’ (Heavenly / Virgin)

Doves’ first album in 11 years, ‘The Universal Want’ is as original and soulful a comeback record as you’re ever likely to see.

PLAYLIST: September 2020

All the best new music released throughout the month of September 2020.

REVIEW: JARV IS… – ‘Beyond The Pale’ (Rough Trade)

The live genesis of Jarvis Cocker’s latest project JARV IS… means that ‘Beyond The Pale’ has both its charms and flaws.

REVIEW: Bill Callahan – ‘Gold Record’ (Drag City)

A clearing house for old ideas, Bill Callahan’s ‘Gold Record’ gives off a cosy and instantly familiar feeling – and that’s a very good thing.

REVIEW: Kelly Lee Owens – ‘Inner Song’ (Smalltown Supersound)

More personal and wide-ranging than her 2017 breakout, ‘Inner Song’ shows Kelly Lee Owens to be one of the country’s finest electronic music artists.