Dwarf Planets

With a name like Dwarf Planets and cover art that depicts the sun and two planets, you might guess that the music inside the sleeve has a prog-rock or even new-age influence. But about twenty seconds into "Ice Rain," the opening cut on this seven-song disc, it's evident that Boulder's Dwarf Planets has more of an affinity for the Band and the Dead than it does for King Crimson. That's not to say that its members aren't adventurous, however. With mandolin and violin thrown into the mix, they inject a tango feel into the aptly named "Tango Fatale," which also includes short, swinging jazzy sections; elsewhere, "Zihuatenejo" and "Festival," both of which include strong multi-part harmonies, recall Phish.


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