Sound of Ceres connects decades of Colorado indie-pop history: From Apples in Stereo to Candy Claws

During high school in the early 2000s, Fort Collins’ Ryan Hover came across a sound that changed his opinion on music. “I started getting into the Elephant 6 stuff (a music collective which includes iconic indie acts like Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control) and I started realizing that one of the most interesting challenges is making pop music that’s still artistic, that’s not mindless,” Hover said.

Candy Claws’ Ryan Hover on Harry Potter influences, no plans to perform live

Up until Tuesday, Fort Collins dream-pop act Candy Claws hadn't done much to promote its new album, “Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time.” On Facebook and Twitter, Candy Claws busied itself with pictures of plants and nature, rather than building excitement among its fan base. The band has always shied away from the spotlight, despite the national and international love it gets from music blogs.

Listen: Colorado’s Sound of Ceres shares “Hand Of Winter”

Sound of Ceres is the new project by Fort Collins' Candy Claws and Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider. Ahead of the group's debut album, "Nostalgia for Infinity" (out on March 4 via Joyful Noise Recordings), the band has released the new single "Hand Of Winter." Related: Sound of Ceres releases video for "Bryn Marina" "Hand Of Winter" is low-tempo, almost formless electronica.