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The Helio Sequence
Love And Distance
SubPop Records
www.theheliosequence.com


Perhaps I have some strange, wonderful affliction… but lately, a lot of music has been sounding very much like Neil Young to me. And not the slower, more acoustic Neil Young of Harvest, but the edgier sounds of Crazy Horses' finest rocking moments. This is definitely not a bad thing. Neil Young certainly didn't invent noise rock, but he did advance the idea into the modern ideal by which so many bands have tried to live. The Helio Sequence lives by that creed. Take one listen to Love And Distance and you will most certainly be in total agreement with me.

The trashy drumbeats of "Harmonica Song" get the album rolling along a nice pace, setting the scene for the cacophonous harmonica that chimes in rather quickly. And then the band launches into its trademark electronic rock sounds. A grooving bassline and an assortment of erroneous bleeps and blips completes the engaging backdrop for the slightly distorted brit-pop style vocal lines. (Dare I say Oasis here?) Moving a bit from noise to a cleaner, delay-ridden pop approach is "Repeater". It is an amazing song, one that would fit right in on absolutely any radio station around the world… well, maybe not jazz or, God forbid, light jazz. "Don't Look Away" moves more into the beepy electronica that makes this band such an anomaly, especially considering the SubPop imprint. It's solid music that would appeal to rockers, as well as to the dance/rave crowd, and the Brit-pop kids, too. The catchy uber-pop of "People Of The Secret" will have you dancing and wondering what the devil the guys are talking about, all at the same time. With its sing-songy lyrics and rhythmic diversity, this song should be more than able to catapult this band to stardom. Listen up, all you dookie-heads at Clear Channel! The boys slow things down a bit on "So Stop" and then wrap up the album in a very melodic fashion on "Looks Good(But you Looked Away)". This song would slip nicely into any mellow mix tape. It is dreamy and seductive and soothing all at once.

There you have it folks. I've come to this conclusion: If Neil Young and Oasis were to somehow asexually reproduce and transmutate their genetics, I'm one hundred percent certain the result would be The Helio Sequence. This is rock for a new world. A brave, new, noisy, angsty, beautiful world.

-L. Keane

Track List:

1. Harmonica song
2. Repeater
3. Don't Look Away
4. Let It Fall Apart
5. Everyone Knows Everyone
6. People Of The Secret
7. Blood Bleeds
8. S.O.S.
9. So Stop
10. Looks Good (But you Looked Away)


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