The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Car Seat Headrest – ‘Making A Door Less Open’ (Matador)

Despite many flashes of genius, Will Toledo’s latest Car Seat Headrest album ‘Making A Door Less Open’ is fundamentally confused and split in its identity.

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.

Remembering Daniel Johnston

Descriptors like ‘outsider’ and ‘underdog’ completely fail to do justice to the eternal legacy of Daniel Johnston.

REVIEW: Snapped Ankles – ‘Stunning Luxury’ (The Leaf Label)

Snapped Ankles’ second record ‘Stunning Luxury’ is a whirring, unsettled mix of post-punk, krautrock and electronica, and is frequently absolutely brilliant.

REVIEW: James Blake – ‘Assume Form’ (Polydor)

‘Assume Form’ is not the kind of cold and subdued album for which many have pigeonholed James Blake, but a warm release, full of intricate hooks and devastating lyricism.

REVIEW: Vince Staples – ‘FM!’ (Def Jam / Universal)

An exhilarating 22-minute blast of bizarre and inventive fun, ‘FM!’ might be a detour in the journey of Vince Staples but shows exactly what music ought to be in 2018.

REVIEW: Marissa Nadler – ‘For My Crimes’ (Bella Union)

While it contains little in the way of surprises, Marissa Nadler’s eighth studio album ‘For My Crimes’ is dependably spellbinding and lovely.

REVIEW: Beak> – ‘>>>’ (Invada)

Geoff Barrow’s Beak> project continues to march slowly towards mainstream accessibility with new album ‘>>>’.