Various Little Darla Has A Treat For You V. 27: Eternal Spring Edition

Even after 16 years, Darla Records is still releasing its Little Darla Has A Treat For You compilations despite the fact that the independent music scene has changed an awful lot in that time. It used to be that CD samplers like this were a vital way for bands to be discovered by new audiences, whereas now there are hundreds of websites providing the same service free of charge. Still, the 27th volume in the series has a few things going for it. First of all, the impressive roster of artists covers a lot of ground, from the classic indie pop and shoegazing Darla built its reputation on through to electronic and experimental music that sometimes sit uncomfortably sandwiched between other artists, presented in alphabetical order, rather than trying to make the whole thing flow nicely. In a strange way, the music almost takes a backseat to the packaging, which is adorned with more than 200 music-related quotes and has been produced with all-recycled materials and soy-based inks. But just one listen to such glorious and exclusive moments as the Ariel Abshire and Japancakes collaboration on "Cardboard" is enough to remind you of just why the Little Darla series was always so exciting — there's nothing quite like discovering a new favourite song. (Darla)