Thursday, March 18, 2010

Music Review: The Helio Sequence

It seems once again Sub Pop records has their eyes on the prize when it comes to mining the dives and dirges of the Pacific Northwest to find the good music.The Helio Sequence is no exception. The two-man electronica-fied indie group has released a few albums under the re-invigorated Sub Pop and it's easy to see how they got there.

Blending an ever-present Seattle sound (e.g. Death Cab for Cutie not Seattle sound like fellow Sub Pop artist Mudhoney) with a feel more along the poppier escapades of France's Phoenix, The Helio Sequence brings a sensible balance to the indie rock scene. It's nice to see bands "getting away" with not writing dirges and yet still expressing some sort of feeling.

It is important to note, though, if you are looking for Death Cab type depth of lyrical content, The Helio Sequence is not the place to find it. Their lyrics aren't bubble-gum by any stretch of the imagination, but they do tend to leave you a lot of space to fill in your own reasoning and meaning. This is, sadly, something more corporate and radio-friendly bands have a problem doing. The Helio Sequence are well-equipped to use vague wording and still accomplish excellent musicianship.

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RIYL: Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, Mogwai, Bright Eyes


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