The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Reviews

REVIEW: Laura Marling – ‘Song For Our Daughter’ (Chrysalis)

Reflecting on age, wisdom and femininity, Laura Marling’s seventh album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ manages to be both mannered and uncompromising.

REVIEW: The Strokes – ‘The New Abnormal’ (RCA / Sony)

The first new Strokes album in seven years, ‘The New Abnormal’ is a bold but only partly successful departure from expectations and previous form.

REVIEW: Everything Is Recorded – ‘Friday Forever’ (XL)

Richard Russell’s second Everything Is Recorded project ‘Friday Forever’ is less consistent than his first, but has plenty of satisfying highlights and collaborations.

REVIEW: Empress Of – ‘I’m Your Empress Of’ (Terrible Records)

Lorely Rodriguez bounces back with her third album ‘I’m Your Empress Of’, more expressive and personal than her previous works.

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.