KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 1: The Helio Sequence

CMJ, Live Reviews
Anna McClain
all photos by Benjamin Mobley (view set)

After 17 years of existence, The Helio Sequence could easily kick back in comfort as a fixture in the Pacific Northwest music scene with their successful signature indie-rock sound. Instead, the duo has been ushered into a new, full-grown style on their fifth full-length album, 2012's Negotiations, by the heavy rain infamous in their hometown of Portland, Oregon. When their recently revamped studio was flooded, the band lost much of their familiar equipment, prompting them to push their sound into new territory. The result is a more developed, more deliberate approach for Benjamin Weikel and Brandon Summers, and it's proved to be impressive.

In Judson Memorial Church today, the two filled the room with their gorgeous, dynamic sound, with Brandon's voice sounding better than ever. It was a fitting way to end the first day of our New York broadcast with a band from home.

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