of duos is ever amazing and it has been a long wait, four years to be precise, since
Brandon Summers (vocals, guitar) and Benjamin Weikel (drums, keyboard) have
released an album. Helio Sequence’s self produced, fifth LP, Negotiations is more pensive and subdued
when compared to 2008s acclaimed album Keep
Your Eyes Ahead.
twosome knows how to create massive, ethereal sounds with their carefully
selected instruments and effects; a sonic foray that is epitomized on the
closing title track, “Negotiations.” At times, unfortunately, their penchant
for calm, atmospheric compositions becomes homogenized when all confined onto one
album; a song begins with plucky guitar, Summers enters with his calm vocals
and Weikel’s drums (plus Summers’ lead guitar over his looped rhythm guitar)
builds the track to a climax. Yet, the good definitely outweighs the bad as
tracks like “Downward Spirals,” “Silence on Silence,” “One More Time,”
“Negotiations,” and “When the Shadow Falls” cannot help but to snare you with
their infectious beats.
A welcomed, warm
and quality return for Helio Sequence, Negotiations yet again unveils the superlative sonic possibilities of these talented gents
and how their creativity perfectly complements each other.
DOWNLOAD: “One More Time,” “Downward Spirals”
APRIL S. ENGRAM