The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

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: The Cribs – ‘Night Network’ (Sonic Blew / P.I.A.S.)

An artistic and emotional triumph, The Cribs’ eighth album ‘Night Network’ finds the brothers Jarman in e

REVIEW: Mamalarky – ‘Mamalarky’ (Fire Talk)

Lo-fi but polished and precise, the self-titled debut from Mamalarky is the result of deep musical knowledge and meticulous attention to detail.

REVIEW: Marika Hackman – ‘Covers’ (self-released)

While there are a healthy number of inspired takes on beautiful heartbreak originals, Marika Hackman’s ‘Covers’ is too uniformly sombre.

REVIEW: Tiña – ‘Positive Mental Health Music’ (Speedy Wunderground)

Medium and message combine perfectly on Tiña’s characterful and heart-warming DIY psych pop debut ‘Positive Mental Health Music’.

REVIEW: Tunng – ‘Tunng Presents… Dead Club’ (Full Time Hobby)

‘Tunng Presents… Dead Club’ may concern the end of life, but is emotionally instructive on how we should live in the here and now.

REVIEW: Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Magic Oneohtrix Point Never’ (Warp Records)

While some ideas could have done with being explored further, Daniel Lopatin colourfully explores his memories of radio on ‘Magic Oneohtrix Point Never’.

REVIEW: Adrianne Lenker – ‘songs’ / ‘instrumentals’ (4AD)

An extraordinarily powerful evocation of isolation and heartbreak built with the barest of ingredients, Adrianne Lenker’s two new albums are spellbinding.

REVIEW: Gorillaz – ‘Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez’ (Parlophone)

Never originally intended for a conventional album release, Gorillaz’ first Song Machine collection ‘Strange Timez’ is dazzlingly diverse yet emotionally coherent, a perfect soundtrack to a world going wrong outside.

REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Letter To You’ (Columbia)

Featuring key members of the E Street Band live in the studio with minimal post-production, ‘Letter To You’ is as energetic as Bruce Springsteen has ever sounded.