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Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:00

Brandon Summers of the Helio Sequence 1/31/13 + Video

Brandon Summers of the Helio Sequence Brandon Summers of the Helio Sequence Joe O'Toole
Written by Mariam Shahsavarani

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  • Date Recorded: January 31, 2013
  • Artist / Band: The Helio Sequence
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Like a psychedelic, reverb-heavy dream, the Helio Sequence distills influences spanning '60s jazz, '70s ambient and '80s synth-pop to create a sound reminiscent of the pre-digital age.

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The Helio Sequence's ambient sound is even more abstracted on its most recent album, "Negotiations," completely written, recorded and produced by the band -- singer-guitarist Brandon Summers (who represented the band for this Live at KDHX session) and drummer-keyboardist Benjamin Weikel. Playing together since 1996, they developed their sound experimenting in their practice space/studio. After a flood destroyed their previous practice space, the pair settled into a larger, more secluded space that allowed them to work with more flexible hours and a larger array of gear.

In their new studio, Summers and Weikel embraced vintage equipment and instruments and spent time working with a more spontaneous and varied songwriting process. This process lead to some of their dreamier songs, their freer approach to writing ultimately focused by attention to detail in arrangement and production.

All photos by Joe O'Toole.

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