Sound Of Ceres – “Hand Of Winter”

Previously working as a duo under the name Candy Claws, Karen and Ryan Hover have long been known for creating songs that blend layers of far-off-sounding synths, guitars, and samples with rhythms whose almost island-y qualities made their music as easy to listen to as it was unprecedented. Now, the fairytale-ish shoegaze group has joined up with the Apples In Stereo’s Robert Schneider, Ben Phelan, and John Ferguson, as well as Jacob Graham of the Drums in order to put together a new project called Sound Of Ceres.

Set to release their debut album, Nostalgia For Infinity, in March, the band’s first single, “Hand of Winter,” sounds like a fresh take on the Hovers’ previous sound. Still lined with ethereal samples and strategic swells of deeply humming pads, Karen Hover’s impossibly dreamy vocals remain at the forefront here. That being said, “Hand Of Winter” does take down the level of noise, and replaces it with a clearer sound, while also minimizing previously upbeat percussion and floating in a more mellow sea. Listen.

Nostalgia for Infinity, on 3/4 via Joyful Noise Recordings.