BioSometimes, the most important revelations come to us when intent is thrown to the wayside. The practice of deliberately rejecting pure deliberation is The Helio Sequence’s newest modus operandi, but it hasn’t always been.
1999’s Accelerated Slow Motion Cinema EP and 2000’s Com Plex (the former self-released and the latter on Portland’s illustrious Cavity Search label) found Helio Sequence in hot pursuit of a very specific kind of sonic perfection—one steeped in amorphous, often ambient sensibilities and punctuated with ethereal, mechanical bursts of energy. The resulting linear compositions, intricately rendered from sonic threads affected by psychedelic and early '80s wall-of-sound groups, pointed towards what Helio Sequence would accomplish in 2001’s stellar Young Effectuals (also on Cavity Search). Primal in energy and futuristic in tone, the record was, at that point, the band’s neo-psych-dream swan song. "It was the pinnacle of what we were trying to achieve at that point," explains calm-voiced vocalist/guitarist Brandon Summers matter-of-factly. After three years, several tours (keyboardist/drummer Benjamin Weikel also lends his percussive skills to Modest Mouse, doubling the tour time), extensive hours of experimentation and afternoons spent "listening to a lot of pop, Dylan and Can," the duo has reached a totally different plane of consciousness.