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Album Review

The Helio Sequence's first two albums were dense, exciting blasts of noise, melody, and electronic wildness that seemed to jump out of the speakers. Their third album, Love and Distance, is still fairly loud, dreamy rock, but the wall of sound has been pared back and the vocals have been brought to the forefront. Instead of dreamily floating along with the waves of noise, now Brandon Summers grittily shouts over the top. The guitars no longer howl and crash about; they are layered carefully and applied cautiously. Instead of sounding like the teenage spawn of My Bloody Valentine and Mouse on Mars, now they sound like a cousin to Radiohead. The closing "Looks Good (But You Looked Away)" is the kind of cosmic country that Beachwood Sparks do so well, with a very nice laid-back, outer space feel. Maybe to a fresh set of ears, Love and Distance might sound like an interesting take on the whole modern Radiohead-y guitar rock with electronics thing, and this is certainly better than South or Elbow. Chalk it up as a holding pattern on the way to something else, and maybe even a "grower."

Customer Reviews

This is a solid band

These guys rock. "Everyone Knows Everyone" is such an awesome song. And I haven't heard good use of the harmonica in long time. Anyone who likes good music should get this album.

Can't stop listening to THS

I was hooked with the first minute of "The Harmonica Song," and I haven't taken this album out of my car for over a year. I had the pleasure to see them in a small club in Phoenix, and was amazed that TWO people can make this music. Awesome. Earlier albums are also worth a listen if you like L&D (just recently added to iTunes also).

blown away

Wow this album is good. i can't believe more people didn't make noise about this album. i have listened to "repeater" over and over, and i still don't get bored of it. easily one of the best albums of the year


Formed: 1999 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Portland-based duo Helio Sequence is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Brandon Summers and keyboardist/drummer Benjamin Weikel. Debuting in 1999 with an ambient, psychedelic sound that placed as much emphasis on the guitar as Summers' muted vocals, the band issued the Accelerated Slow-Motion Cinema EP before dropping the full-length Com Plex in 2000. Helio Sequence's 100-percent home studio approach allowed for a lot of sonic experimentation, and that aesthetic informed the swirls and layers of...
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