The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Shura – ‘forevher’ (Secretly Canadian)

Alexandra Denton’s second Shura album ‘forevher’ essays the thrills and anxieties of falling in love.

REVIEW: Blanck Mass – ‘Animated Violence Mild’ (Sacred Bones)

Fusing harsh noise dynamics with blissful pop, Benjamin John Power’s fourth Blanck Mass album ‘Animated Violence Mild’ finds pleasure in pain, and vice versa.

REVIEW: Dry Cleaning – ‘Sweet Princess’ EP (It’s OK)

Spearheaded by the fantastic ‘Magic Of Meghan’, wry London post-punk quartet Dry Cleaning deliver an exceptional debut EP in ‘Sweet Princess’.

REVIEW: Frank Turner – ‘No Man’s Land’ (Polydor / Xtra Mile)

Quite aside from the backlash it’s generated, ‘No Man’s Land’ certainly represents an over-extension of Frank Turner’s emotional resources.

REVIEW: Friendly Fires – ‘Inflorescent’ (Polydor)

While it’s beautifully produced and often enjoyably OTT, Friendly Fires’ third record ‘Inflorescent’ isn’t worth the massive eight-year wait.

REVIEW: Marika Hackman – ‘Any Human Friend’ (AMF / Virgin EMI)

On ‘Any Human Friend’, Marika Hackman reclaims female sexuality in pop music and redefines it on her terms, through truthful and passionate songwriting.

REVIEW: Bon Iver – ‘i, i’ (Jagjaguwar)

Justin Vernon’s fourth Bon Iver album ‘i, i’ emphasises the balance that needs to be struck between community and the individual, and is his warmest music yet.

REVIEW: Ty Segall – ‘First Taste’ (Drag City)

Forsaking the electric guitar for the first time in his career, Ty Segall’s latest studio creation ‘First Taste’ still manages to convincingly re-create his psych-garage style.

REVIEW: Clairo – ‘Immunity’ (Clairo / FADER)

Two years on from her instant viral success, Claire Cottrill’s first proper Clairo album ‘Immunity’ showcases a vulnerable yet composed and open-minded artist.