April 25, 2005

Various Artists "Little Darla Has A Treat For You, Volume 23"

Darla Records' long-running label and distribution sampler, Little Darla Has a Treat For You is in its twenty-third volume, and it has yet to show a slip in quality. If the selection for volume twenty-three is any indication--and it should be--Darla Records continues to improve with each successive quarter. You'll find a whole bunch of great songs on here, covering all kinds of musical generes. There's the stoned-out country-rock from The Channel, Maquiladora and Lowlights, followed by the cute indie-pop of The Baskervilles, Momus and Darren Hanlon, followed by the electronica blips of Superaquello, Lullatone and Manual (who do an excellent--and exclusive--cover of Miami Vice star Don Johnson's theme song), all hand-in-hand with the dark, melancholy sounds of Aarktica, The Field Mice (whose song, "Missing the Moon," alone makes the 5.99 sticker price one helluva steal) , Piano Magic and Dead Cowboys. Over these nineteen tracks--and over the past twenty-three volumes--Little Darla Has A Treat For You highlights why Darla Records has become the trusted source for independent music lovers.

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.darla.com

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