12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

HcOlLaDrEkN ,

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.

RadioPotato.com ,

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.

twizzlers are yummy ,

yay!

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

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