'Nostalgia For Infinity' Review

'Nostalgia For Infinity' Review

A review of the debut record from Colorado's own Sound of Ceres.

My first experience with the dream pop duo Karen and Ryan Hover dates back long before they took on the name Sound of Ceres. Around 2013, I was introduced to an album that sounded like nothing I had heard before. I was just starting my love affair with dream-pop/ shoegaze and I had the pleasure of stumbling across Candy Claws’ album Ceres & Calypso in The Deep Time. The album shook off the typically cold and distant sound prevalent within the genre in favor of a tropical flourish, sounding like I imagine the Mesozoic era to be. The album was warm and lush and hugged its listener with a fierce intensity. I fell in love with the sound almost immediately. Strangely enough, I found the album through an online web forum. I was completely unaware that this amazing band could be found right in my own backyard.

It wasn’t until a year or so later that I was able to see them live, and by that time the band I had come to admire was falling apart. From that show I walked away with their debut album, In The Dream Of The Sea Life, and it has been a staple in my car ever since. This is also when they announced that they would be forming a new group, and the band was to be called Sound of Ceres. They were going to take on members of Apples in Stereo and The Drums and would be releasing an album under that name soon enough.

Let’s move forward to March 10th of this year. Sounds of Ceres released their debut album, Nostalgia for Infinity, with a show at the High Dive (they also played another release in their native Fort Collins days earlier). Sadly, I was unInable to make the show, but from what I have heard, the night was a resounding success and was able to showcase the songs off the new album well.

I have had Infinity on repeat for days now since it became available to stream. I enjoy the new album immensely. The opener, "Pursuer", places the listener in a sort of mystic head space. The crashing drums and twinkling guitars, along with the ethereal vocals and humming synths set the tone for the rest of the album. Instrumentally, this is a calypso album at its heart, a calypso album that has been washed in reverb and viewed through a psychedelic lens. This becomes apparent upon listening to the first couple of tracks, specifically the track "Bryn Marina" (which has a fantastic video directed by David Jude Harris). The fourth cut off of the album, "My Spiral Arm", is a groovy throwback, that has a hazy lounge feel to it that's perfect to listen to while spending a lazy summer afternoon laying in the sun. The song is warm and inviting and extremely satisfying upon replay. The same groovy sense can also be felt on the track Side A, a personal favorite of mine.

Lyrically, the album suffers from the inherent nature of the very genre they work themselves into. Karen finds herself fighting for space in the mix and often looses to a mass of synths and guitars, making it difficult to decipher the extremely lofty concept that this album strives toward. Infinity finds itself looking to the stars for inspiration.Whereas Candy Claws was concerned with matters here on Earth, such as the expansive ocean in In The Dream Of The Sea Life and the dense forestation of Ceres and Calypso, Hover aims for something higher with Sounds of Ceres. We also get to hear a lot more of Ryan, like on tracks such as track Side A, which adds a nice contrast to Karen's voice.

Finally, we have been gifted "Dagger Only Run" as a closing track. This is one of the greatest thrill rides I have had the pleasure of listening to in a long time. The track kicks off with spacey synths, the likes of which you can't help but move to. The composition of this piece is flawless, and it serves as a fitting bow on an already wonderfully unexpected gift. With a few minor exceptions, Nostalgia for Infinity delivers on everything I have come to expect from the people behind Candy Claws and proves to be a great debut record. I highly recommend this record to anyone and everyone.

Cover Image Credit: Nostalgia For Infinity

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

It's time to go on a date with yourself.


Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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