online listen
much like yesterdays Raveonettes
more dreamy guitar pop stuff
don't like it any more today than yesterday
sounds good when you start, but so repetitive
1.3 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic

from the album - Hall Of Mirrors

released Sept 11th, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

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 their evolving sound. When it did touch the ground, it was at points
between My Bloody Valentine, Mouse on Mars, and the weirder side of the Elephant 6 collective. Young Effectuals
followed in 2001 before the Helio Sequence jumped from the roster of Cavity Search Records to Sub Pop, releasing the
more auspicious Love and Distance in June 2004. The album gave an unprecedented amount of prominence to Summers'
vocals, but the singer was unable to keep his throat in shape on the subsequent tour. He returned to Portland, his
voice severely damaged, and was forced to relearn the craft through a series of vocal exercises and lifestyle
changes. Taking cues from another raspy-voiced singer, Bob Dylan, Summers steadily regained the use of his vocals,
and the Helio Sequence returned in 2008 with Keep Your Eyes Ahead. While on tour in support of the album, the duo's
rented studio/practice space flooded, wiping out some of their gear and leaving them in need of a new space to
record and create. The band's new digs at a remote, disused industrial building offered them the seclusion necessary
to experiment and stretch out. The results of these insular experiments informed the more patient, languid sound of
2012's Negotiations.

Album Review - from allmusic

Portland, Oregon's dreamy indie folk duo the Helio Sequence have built their discography on a series of somewhat
unfortunate but ultimately sound-shaping external circumstances. Starting off with a focus on ambient soundscapes
and buried vocals, the band's experimentation with bringing the vocals to the forefront for its yelpy 2004 album,
Love and Distance, resulted in singer Brandon Summers damaging his vocal cords shouting the songs out night after
night on tour. His bruised voice was reborn in a raspy Waits-meets-Dylan style, which informed the overarching indie
folk feel of the band's 2008 breakthrough, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, and brought out its more somber, low-lit moments.
In the four years between that album and the Helio Sequence's fifth full-length, Negotiations, their practice
space/studio flooded while they were on tour, wiping out some of their gear and leaving them in need of a new place
to record and create. Instead of a shared practice space, the duo found an enormous disused industrial space in an
otherwise unoccupied building and set about sculpting the songs that make up Negotiations. Their ability to stretch
out in a much larger space (one without anyone else around to come into the band's mental landscape) is reflected in
the patient tones and insular approach to almost every song here. Spacious rockers like the title track and "The
Measure" are defined by their open, chiming guitar lines and Summers' languid melodies. The folk tendencies that
filled Keep Your Eyes Ahead are revisited on songs like "December" and expanded on tracks like the completely
improvised "Harvester of Souls." The band's experimentation with improvised lyrical forms, synth patches, and warm
analog echoes was also enabled by late-night sessions in an isolated environment. The lush synth pop of a song like
"Silence on Silence" is sprinkled with spacy echoes and warm washes of keyboard bass. The song is a prime example of
how the band has deepened its sound even further, adding atmosphere to its already metered pop songs. Negotiations'
11 tracks ebb and flow in similar ways to one another, but upon close inspection, the deft placement of nearly
hidden sonic details is what makes the album so interesting, and breathes life into the band's already enjoyable
soul-searching pop.

Track Listing

1. One More Time
2. October
3. Downward Spiral
4. The Measure
5. Hall of Mirrors
6. Harvester of Souls
7. Open Letter
8. When The Shadow Falls
9. Silence On Silence
10. December
11. Negotiations