The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by John Tindale

REVIEW: The Microphones – ‘Microphones In 2020’ (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

After 17 years, Phil Elverum resurrects The Microphones for a beguiling, cryptic album consisting of one long track.

REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘All That Glue’ (Rough Trade)

Gathering up a healthy number of B-sides and rarities among the prime cuts, Sleaford Mods’ first compilation ‘All That Glue’ is more worthwhile than your average greatest hits.

REVIEW: Car Seat Headrest – ‘Making A Door Less Open’ (Matador)

Despite many flashes of genius, Will Toledo’s latest Car Seat Headrest album ‘Making A Door Less Open’ is fundamentally confused and split in its identity.

REVIEW: Everything Is Recorded – ‘Friday Forever’ (XL)

Richard Russell’s second Everything Is Recorded project ‘Friday Forever’ is less consistent than his first, but has plenty of satisfying highlights and collaborations.

REVIEW: Melt Yourself Down – ‘100% Yes’ (Decca / Universal)

An album suffering a slight identity crisis, split between jazz, electronica and punk, ‘100% Yes’ is a blip for the talented Melt Yourself Down.

Remembering Daniel Johnston

Descriptors like ‘outsider’ and ‘underdog’ completely fail to do justice to the eternal legacy of Daniel Johnston.

REVIEW: Snapped Ankles – ‘Stunning Luxury’ (The Leaf Label)

Snapped Ankles’ second record ‘Stunning Luxury’ is a whirring, unsettled mix of post-punk, krautrock and electronica, and is frequently absolutely brilliant.

REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘Eton Alive’ (Extreme Eating)

The sound of frustration and anger in 2019 put to music, ‘Eton Alive’ is everything that fans have come to expect from Sleaford Mods, but is unlikely to expand their fanbase.