The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Ollie Rankine

REVIEW: Natalie McCool – ‘The Great Unknown’ (Fortress Sounds)

Natalie McCool’s ‘second debut’ album reaffirms all the raw songwriting talent that has made her one to watch for the last few years – but it still lacks a distinctive sound.

REVIEW: Thee Oh Sees – ‘An Odd Entrances’ (Castle Face Records)

‘An Odd Entrances’ reveals a more gradual demeanour than its preceding partner, however, its capacity to build enormous sonic pressure remains painstakingly present.

REVIEW: Empire Of The Sun – ‘Two Vines’ (Capitol)

Often characterised by their distinct pop/indie hybrid aesthetic, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore have long proven their ability in satisfying the appetite of an unusually varied audience. After arriving flamboyantly on scene in 2008, their debut We Are The People quickly generated the interest of riff and beat lovers alike whilst their vibrant stage shows ensnared the remaining few. Although the Australian duo are able to continue shamelessly riding the

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REVIEW: Phantogram – ‘Three’ (Republic)

While Phantogram will undoubtedly reach the ears of a greater audience with better production on ‘Three’, it’s unlikely to make any lasting impressions.

REVIEW: Kings Of Leon – ‘WALLS’ (RCA)

Seventh album ‘WALLS’ continues to provide the anthemic thrills that we’re now accustomed to, but is ultimately an unsurprising and uninspiring listen.

REVIEW: The Wytches – ‘All Your Happy Life’ (Heavenly)

While it ticks many of the same boxes as its predecessor, The Wytches’ second album sees them hit something of a creative ceiling that will need to be addressed next time.

REVIEW: Warpaint – ‘Heads Up’ (Rough Trade)

Despite areas of ‘Heads Up’ being more accessible than its predecessor, Warpaint continue to reap rewards from their intricate playing style.

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