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The Helio Sequence

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 voice, 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 warehouse 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. In 2013, Summers and Weikel tried their hand at producing other artists for the first time, working with a Brazilian combo named Quarto Negro, remixing tracks for adventurous hip-hop act Shabazz Palaces, and mixing projects for several Portland-based artists. In 2014, some of their friends in the Portland music community came up with "the 20 Song Game," in which participants were asked to come up with 20 new songs in a single day. While Summers and Weikel didn't quite make the goal, it prompted them to challenge themselves to create as many new tracks as they could in a month. After coming up with 26 tunes, Summers and Weikel trimmed the list down to ten, which were polished and compiled into the band's self-titled sixth album released by Sub Pop in May 2015. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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starrynightz 3 9 4
This album is by far my favorite from the Helio Sequence!
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Y'all are freakin funny!(Not!) but really, these guys have a great sound and style, I know I'm going to keep getting more into them the more I hear them.
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bbyruth1997
Shut up willow
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Raaaaaaahhhh h h ! ")
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Kmirsten you need to get rid of your earwax
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brandon.k.sa n t o s
Kmirsten couldn't be more wrong...not GnR whatsoever
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:)
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Love this!
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this sounds more like a guns n roses rip off to me
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Lol lonely guy. Funniest comment I read in a good while! :D To each their own tho i guess haha. Whatever rationalizes things for our puny brains individually
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This is a straight Elliot Smith rip-off
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Balllllconnn n i e e e e !

Whoaaaaooo!
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How about you jump off a cliff and see if he catches you, just try it
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The true proof of God's omniscience is that he can save us whether he exists or not. Peace
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What an awesome song. Luv the lyrics n drums :)
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jvanek019
See below for list of Pandora members too dumb for sarcasm.
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Willow what the actual heck
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jessicamocon n o r 6
I wish pandora had a way to filter out all the "willows"...
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I bet it really pisses them off when someone calls them The Hello Sequence.
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joshie363
Hey Willow, if you listen closely to the lyrics they're clearly perveying an agnostic message. Ya twat!
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Love this band thanks to Pandora!
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Loving this band
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jsprake: I doubt they stole the show from MTB. Helio is good, but not that good.
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Lately is an AMAZING song.....awe s o m e vocals among everything else.
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Willow, you're an idiot.
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I wish they would take their Christianity messages elsewhere and not on Pandora because only Agnostic people listen to internet radio.
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Saw them a few years ago under Minus the Bear, both were great but Helio stole the show. Brandon was very chill when he met peeps after the show. I wish I got to meet Ben, most entertaining drummer ever.
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I have always enjoyed this group.
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1st timer...Grea t sound.
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brandon summers != brandon flowers (of the killers). took me a second to recall this after reading the bio
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this group makes me happy im from portland right now :)
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robin2048
When the hell can we expect a new album? When? WHEN?!
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Man, who is doing this to my ears! Thanks!
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Saw you guys when you toured with KEANE 2009 in Denver. AMAZING LOVED YOU, FELL IN LOVE WITH HELIO SEQUENCE!!!! !
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leon88867
They've really evolved over the past 8 years. New stuff sounds good.
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I don't hear them as often as I would like to. See? You never know. I can't seem to rid my stations of that horrible Paramore band. I like THS a lot though. I even bought a T Shirt from Sub Pop.
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Psndora loves these guys. They play them on all my stations , almost all the time. Not bad though.
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They sure do R.I.P!
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We love these guys - definite musical gem.
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These guys rip.
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= a rainy, quiet suburban morning
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cheeseisgood 6 2 5
One word: AMAZING.
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delicous christ? seriously?
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canonicaldav i s
Unbelievably good album start to finish...bea u t i f u l sounds with spacy guitars, deep basses, poppy drumming and sublime voice. I have to see them
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another great group from Portland
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I'm diggin it this morning. Thats for sure.
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I love the song lately- the guitar is just absolutely amazinnggggg .
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pmelear4
One of my favorite artists; their music is filled with beautiful snappy realness. -- definitely worth your time and money.
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such a good band!!
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These guys are awesome!!!
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