The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Kurt Vile – ‘Bottle It In’ (Matador)

‘Bottle It In’ is the first Kurt Vile record to potentially split its audience, despite its admirable and mostly successful attempts at expanding his sonic boundaries.

REVIEW: Cat Power – ‘Wanderer’ (Domino)

Chan Marshall’s first Cat Power album in six years, ‘Wanderer’, is a succinct re-statement of all the musical values that make her such a cult icon.

REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

‘Trench’ is the mature and well-crafted Twenty One Pilots album to date, achieving tonal coherence and with some of the best production in current alternative music and an intriguing dystopian narrative thread running through it.

REVIEW: Adrianne Lenker – ‘abysskiss’ (Saddle Creek)

Addressing love, loss and grief, as well as birth and youth, Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker’s latest solo album ‘abysskiss’ is a melancholy triumph.

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: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – ‘King Of Cowards’ (Rocket Recordings)

A compelling fusion of stoner rock and doom metal that exponentially ups the power of both genres, Pigsx7’s full-length debut album ‘King Of Cowards’ is a triumph.

REVIEW: Hippo Campus – ‘Bambi’ (Transgressive / P.I.A.S.)

Dabbling further in electronics and with the rougher, more lo-fi end of indie, Hippo Campus waste no time in delivering a follow-up to last year’s debut album.

REVIEW: The Blinders – ‘Columbia’ (Modern Sky)

One of the most anticipated British debuts of 2018, The Blinders deliver a fully rounded rock statement with ‘Columbia’ but leave their future open.