On ‘Lotta Sea Lice’, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile aren’t trying to impress you; instead they’re just inviting you to sit on the floor and listen to them play.
If ever a group proved that the rebellious streak of rock ‘n’ roll lived on it would be in the music of Tinariwen.
2015 has been our first year of operation under our new name The Student Playlist, and it’s been a year of steady expansion. There are now five of us, with a view to adding yet more talented, passionate writers in the new year as we continue in our quest to point out the best new music, rediscover old albums, both stone-cold classics and hidden treasures, and cause lively debate with
by Matthew Langham Former member of The War On Drugs and multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile has become one of the kings of the indie underground, a mainstay on year-end charts since his 2013 commercial hit album Wakin On A Pretty Daze – his fifth record since his 2008 debut Constant Hitmaker. That album saw a change in style towards a use of sun-kissed electric guitar riffs mixed with his distinctive mellow vocals.
To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album