The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Jacob Kendrew

REVIEW: CHAI – ‘WINK’ (Sony / Sub Pop)

Advancing their sound in a pop-oriented direction, CHAI sacrifice the effectiveness of their message with sugary third album ‘WINK’.

REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Sweep It Into Space’ (Jagjaguwar)

Well over three decades into their career, J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. give fans more of what they want on 12th album ‘Sweep It Into Space’.

REVIEW: Benny Sings – ‘Music’ (Stones Throw)

A chilled and easy-going mix of folk, pop and indie, ‘Music’ will hopefully be a breakout moment for Mac DeMarco-approved Benny Sings.

REVIEW: serpentwithfeet – ‘DEACON’ (Secretly Canadian)

Delicate, polished but ultimately a bit anonymous, ‘DEACON’ loses its identity in Josiah Wise’s pursuit of perfection.

REVIEW: Mush – ‘Lines Redacted’ (Memphis Industries)

Mush’s second album ‘Lines Redacted’ feels musically over-stylised, which blunts the impact of their excellent lyrics.

REVIEW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘K.G.’ (KGLW)

Overuse of microtonal riffs and progressions leads to the first falter of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s industrious career on 16th album ‘K.G.’

REVIEW: Cabbage – ‘Amanita Pantherina’ (Cabbage)

On ‘Amanita Pantherina’, Cabbage finally settle into their identity and sound on a range of tracks displaying dynamism and wit.

REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘American Head’ (Bella Union / Warner Bros.)

A conscious re-tread of the whimsical psychedelia that established The Flaming Lips in the mainstream 20 years ago, ‘American Head’ is a qualified triumph.

REVIEW: Becky And The Birds – ‘Trasslig’ EP (4AD)

Thea Gustafsson’s Becky And The Birds project is one that promises great things, if latest EP ‘Trasslig’ is anything to go by.

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