The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

The 14th Xiu Xiu album ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ sees Jamie Stewart push their experimental tendencies even further than usual, and the results are astonishing.

REVIEW: White Lies – ‘FIVE’ (P.I.A.S.)

A decade into their career, White Lies show more signs of evolving their grey, monolithic post-punk sound than ever before on ‘FIVE’.

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.

REVIEW: Girlpool – ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’ (Anti-)

Girlpool’s third studio album ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’ is uncharacteristically lethargic and lacking in ideas compared to their previous records.

REVIEW: Better Oblivion Community Center – ‘Better Oblivion Community Center’ (Dead Oceans)

Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst explore shared passions and showcase each other’s personalities on ‘Better Oblivion Community Center’.

REVIEW: Toro Y Moi – ‘Outer Peace’ (Carpark Records)

Full of short, clipped fusions of different genres, ‘Outer Peace’ is the most optimistic Toro Y Moi album yet.

REVIEW: Deerhunter – ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ (4AD)

All of the seemingly contradictory elements of ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ add up to yet another strange but fascinating chapter in the history of Deerhunter and Bradford Cox.

REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ (Jagjaguwar)

Sharon Van Etten’s first album in nearly five years, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, is a significant sonic expansion but retains all of the qualities that made her name.

REVIEW: Alessia Cara – ‘The Pains Of Growing’ (Def Jam / UMG)

‘The Pains Of Growing’ is a comforting, well-written and executed pop record, but stylistically it still keeps you wondering what exactly Alessia Cara’s sound is.

REVIEW: Anderson .Paak – ‘Oxnard’ (Aftermath / 12 Tone)

Stepping up to the majors and littered with guest features, Anderson .Paak’s ‘Oxnard’ unfortunately sacrifices some of its creator’s personality for commercial gain.