Various Artists

Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 8: Winter 1998

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Darla's Little Darla Has a Treat for You series highlights tracks from recent and upcoming releases from both the fine indie rock giant Darla but also the labels that Darla distributes. The real boon to indie pop fans is the smattering of unreleased and exclusive tracks included in each volume. On the Winter 1988 edition there are more exclusive tracks than usual, including gems from Momus (the typically arch "I Want You, but I Don't Need You"), Ciao Bella (the stomping indie glam "Men's Lips"), Holiday Flyer (the poignant piano ballad "Take Me Away"), Women in Rock (the falsetto-led rocker "Throw the Apes"), and Technicolor (the warmly electronic "Diagrams"). There is also an exclusive mix of Sweet Trip's "Fish" from their Bliss Out, Vol. 10. The rest of the tracks are solid indie fare with highlights being Tullycraft's galloping "8 Great Ways," Junior Varsity's epic lite jungle track "Manta Ray," and HollAnd's ahead-of-its-time new wave-aping "Varispeed." Another fine volume in the Little Darla series.