Various Artists

Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 17

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California's Darla Records continued their successful Little Darla Has a Treat for You samplers with this 2001 compilation, the 17th in the series. The disc continues the proven formula of the collection of songs on Darla and on labels distributed by the company's music distribution company. Memphis supergroup David Shouse & the Bloodthirsty Lovers, featuring the former Grifters singer, opens the disc with "The Casio Fight Song." That rousing opener is followed by a cover of the Secret Stars' song "Wait" by Philadelphia's Collette Carter. "Dilated Pupils," by former Unrest/Air Miami singer Mark Robinson, continues the singer's hypnotic and cerebral style of indie pop/rock. The music on the disc is diverse geographically as well as stylistically. Belgium's Dim Dim, Norway's Toyen, Spain's Aroah, Sweden's Able, and Vancouver's Ashley Park provide a wealth of eclectic sounds. London is represented by The Real Tuesday Weld and Graham. Other highlights include the gentle twee pop of "Chalk Marks on the Ground" by Chicago's Alsace Lorraine, the jazzy "Tyrone" by Louisville's My Morning Jacket, the trippy electronica by Flowchart, and the rhythmic bliss of "Mood Elevator" by Washington, D.C.'s Lu. The compilation was mastered by Trevor Holland of the Washington, D.C., group HollAnd.

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