The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Haim – ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ (Universal)

Less summery and shiny than Haim’s previous albums, ‘Women In Music Pt. III’ is a tough, forthright statement of importance.

REVIEW: Arca – ‘KiCk i’ (XL)

The first of a planned series of four albums, ‘KiCk i’ is the most ‘pop’ of all of Arca’s albums to date, yet retains the avant-garde cutting edge that has always made her music so compelling.

REVIEW: Pottery – ‘Welcome To Bobby’s Motel’ (Partisan)

Fusing funky rhythms with the grit of garage-rock and punk, transatlantic outfit Pottery deliver one of the debuts of 2020 with ‘Welcome To Bobby’s Motel’.

REVIEW: Khruangbin – ‘Mordechai’ (Dead Oceans)

On their third album ‘Mordechai’, Khruangbin take their globe-trotting aesthetic in a more conventional pop direction, but it’s no less rewarding.

REVIEW: Nadine Shah – ‘Kitchen Sink’ (Infectious / BMG)

Addressing important issues on gender expectations with style and wit, ‘Kitchen Sink’ is Nadine Shah’s finest album to date.

REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Punisher’ (Dead Oceans)

Even more confident than her accomplished debut, Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Punisher’ elevates potentially depressing material into something life-affirming.

REVIEW: Bob Dylan – ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ (Columbia)

Stripped down and delivered with a hushed ambiance, ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ is possibly Bob Dylan’s most straightforward album ever.

REVIEW: Jehnny Beth – ‘To Love Is To Live’ (20L07 Music)

‘To Love Is To Live’, the debut solo album from Savages’ lead singer Jehnny Beth, is an uncompromising tackling of the dark sides of life as well as a celebration of its highs.

REVIEW: Team Picture – ‘The Menace Of Mechanical Music’ (Clue Records)

Leeds-based sextet Team Picture release a carefully constructed and very impressive debut album in ‘The Menace Of Mechanical Music’.

REVIEW: Sonic Boom – ‘All Things Being Equal’ (Carpark)

Peter ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember’s first solo album of new material in 30 years, ‘All Things Being Equal’ is a pleasant throwback to a bygone age.