The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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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: Future Islands – ‘As Long As You Are’ (4AD)

Emotionally unshackled but musically pristine, the contrasts of Future Islands’ sixth album ‘As Long As You Are’ make it their most rewarding so far.

CULT ’10s: Deerhunter – ‘Halcyon Digest’

A masterwork of complex, multi-faceted and deeply moving dream-pop, Deerhunter’s 2010 album ‘Halcyon Digest’ was one of the decade’s most underrated records.

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: Efterklang – ‘Altid Sammen’ (4AD)

Danish trio Efterklang return after a seven-year break with the entrancing ‘Altid Sammen’, their first album to be sung entirely in their native tongue.

CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Doolittle’

One of the most influential indie records of all time, Pixies’ star-making second album ‘Doolittle’ was released in April 1989.

REVIEW: Methyl Ethel – ‘Triage’ (4AD)

Written and recorded almost entirely by singer Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel’s third album ‘Triage’ takes too few risks to be truly great.

REVIEW: Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’ (4AD)

Zach Condon’s latest Beirut album ‘Gallipoli’ finds him failing to re-capture the enthusiasm of his early efforts, but not maturing enough as a songwriter to move on either.

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