The Helio Sequence almost feels like a band making one last round. Their most recent record, Negotiations, is their first new recording in four years and while expertly produced, doesn't live up to the riveting hooks and inventive beats of 2008's brilliant Keep Your Eyes Ahead.
On the duo’s fifth studio album, Negotiations, The Helo Sequence continues to build on their sound of enthusiastically percussive, melodic tunes. Singer Brandon Summers’ vocals remain as dreamily light and airy as always, though still, as always, suffused with an emotive intensity that drives the listener forward.
A recent triple-bill at LA’s Spaceland showed three different bands in a similar orbit, with locals Hearts of Palm UK opening for Portland’s The Builders and the Butchers and the The Helio Sequence.