The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Aryan Agarwal

REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams – ‘Aporia’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

A curate’s egg only of interest to hard-bitten Sufjan fans, ‘Aporia’ is a series of frustratingly half-formed good ideas recorded with his stepfather Lowell Brams.

REVIEW: The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ (Republic / UMG)

Grittier, darker and more emotionally honest than anything he’s ever done, ‘After Hours’ represents a step forward for Abel Tesfaye.

REVIEW: Summer Camp – ‘Romantic Comedy’ (Apricot Recordings)

Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey’s first Summer Camp album in five years, ‘Romantic Comedy’ is a completely brilliant analysis and subversion of pop culture’s presentation of love.

REVIEW: Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’ (Polydor)

A masterpiece that conflates personal reflection and identity with global political anxieties, ‘Kiwanuka’ is a career defining moment.

REVIEW: Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ (Exotic Location / RCA)

Some aspects of ‘Surviving’ might make it alarming for long-term fans, but the record is one of Jimmy Eat World’s most quietly innovative.