The Helio Sequence

with Talkdemonic

Tue Jun 17, 2008
Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
Music, Rock
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After 3 albums and ten years of touring and recording, The Helio Sequence have recorded their most dynamic, extraordinary work to date. "Keep Your Eyes Ahead" marries the Portland duos signature layered keyboards and impossibly big guitars with crisp songwriting and a newfound appreciation for minimalism. The finger picking on Shed Your Love is backed by exquisite strings and ambient noise, but Brandons serene, self-assured delivery remains front and center. While songs from the bands early releases spanned up to 7 minutes, even the longest, lushest, catchiest track on "Keep Your Eyes Ahead" (fiery anthem Hallelujah) clocks in at 4 and a half minutes, evidence of just how refined their craft has become. Vocals were recorded spontaneously in bedroom closets and living rooms, which may explain the haunting urgency you hear in Brandons voice, especially on driving tracks like Keep Your Eyes Ahead. The band also took its time on the album.



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