The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by John Tindale

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.

REVIEW: James Blake – ‘Assume Form’ (Polydor)

‘Assume Form’ is not the kind of cold and subdued album for which many have pigeonholed James Blake, but a warm release, full of intricate hooks and devastating lyricism.

REVIEW: Vince Staples – ‘FM!’ (Def Jam / Universal)

An exhilarating 22-minute blast of bizarre and inventive fun, ‘FM!’ might be a detour in the journey of Vince Staples but shows exactly what music ought to be in 2018.

REVIEW: Marissa Nadler – ‘For My Crimes’ (Bella Union)

While it contains little in the way of surprises, Marissa Nadler’s eighth studio album ‘For My Crimes’ is dependably spellbinding and lovely.

REVIEW: Beak> – ‘>>>’ (Invada)

Geoff Barrow’s Beak> project continues to march slowly towards mainstream accessibility with new album ‘>>>’.

REVIEW: Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (Counter Records)

A significant improvement on their debut, Maribou State’s second effort ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ is brilliant when the duo’s ideas land.

REVIEW: Anna Calvi – ‘Hunter’ (Domino)

While it’s probably her least absolutely brilliant effort in purely musical terms, Anna Calvi’s third album ‘Hunter’ is nevertheless an eloquent and compelling statement on gender.

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