The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – ‘Viscerals’ (Rocket Recordings)

On second album ‘Viscerals’, stoner metal outfit Pigs x7 condense their artistry into smaller chunks but lose none of their artistry or intensity.

REVIEW: Thundercat – ‘It Is What It Is’ (Brainfeeder)

Stephen Bruner’s third Thundercat album ‘It Is What It Is’ is enormous fun and projects a message of acceptance, of living in the moment.

REVIEW: Purity Ring – ‘Womb’ (4AD)

Smudgier and warmer than their chiselled predecessors, Purity Ring’s third album ‘Womb’ is a fine addition to their catalogue.

REVIEW: Deeper – ‘Auto-Pain’ (Fire Talk)

The accomplished ‘Auto-Pain’ sees Chicago post-punk outfit Deeper discover the ability to express themselves with an even greater range of emotions and sounds.

REVIEW: Dirty Projectors – ‘Windows Open’ EP (Domino)

Hobbled by a very short run-time, Dirty Projectors’ latest EP ‘Windows Open’ feels slightly unsatisfying and insubstantial as we wait for a new album.

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.

REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams – ‘Aporia’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

A curate’s egg only of interest to hard-bitten Sufjan fans, ‘Aporia’ is a series of frustratingly half-formed good ideas recorded with his stepfather Lowell Brams.

REVIEW: Half Waif – ‘The Caretaker’ (Anti)

Nandi Rose Plunkett’s second Half Waif album ‘The Caretaker’ is a beautiful and dark record, exuding resilience and vulnerability in equal measure.

REVIEW: Waxahatchee – ‘Saint Cloud’ (Merge)

Wearing experience and determination like a badge of courage, Katie Crutchfield’s fifth Waxahatchee album ‘Saint Cloud’ is her finest so far.

REVIEW: Låpsley – ‘Through Water’ (Her Own Recordings / XL)

Recorded after years of personal struggle, Holly Lapsley Fletcher’s long-awaited second album ‘Through Water’ is therapeutic and cathartic.