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The Helio Sequence's fifth album follows yet more trouble. Previous years saw singer Brandon Summers damage his vocal cords on tour; this time, the band's practice space and studio flooded while it was on tour, taking out some gear and forcing the Portland-based duo to find the cavernous industrial building where it pressed Negotiations into service. The Helio Sequence has always had anthemic tendencies, preferring reverb and murky productions over clean, concise lines. Here, the arena-ready grandiosity of "Downward Spiral" is both deeply pained and romantic. It's a sound U2 wouldn't mind claiming for its own, should Bono retire and a more modest frontman take his job. "The Measure" adds a beautiful, forlorn melody. "December" and the title track strip the sound down to a less frenetic level until it's ghostly pop music.

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I love this band

The Helio Sequence is the best least known band as far as I'm concerned. Every album of theirs has been so good and so different from one another. Fantastic album and I really hope they get more recognition this time around because they really deserve it.

Helio Sequence is the best kept secret

This duo has done it again! Great album from start to finish. Not quite alternative and not quite electronic, these guys have oceans of depth set to brilliant compositions.


These guys never cease to amaze me. Another great album. Buy it.


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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