Keep Your Eyes Ahead
THE HELIO SEQUENCE
The Helio Sequenceâs latest pairs clever, intimate lyrics with evocative sonics that complement rather than distract from Brandon Summersâ open, plaintive singing. The singer/songwriter/guitarist puts his vocals up front in the mix, artfully expressing heartsickness and other forms of disappointment over subtle drumming, ethereal synthesizers and underwater guitar washes. The longstanding duo of Summers and percussionist/keyboardist Benjamin Weikel judiciously sprinkle the tracks with ambient noises that gracefully add texture.
I could complain about the albumâs sameness from song to song, but I find it compelling how each track flows seamlessly into the next â the melancholy (but never quite depressed) mood sustained throughout. The disc opens with its most memorable track, âLately,â where Summers protests that he really doesnât miss the lover whoâs no longer in his life. Heâs not the first heartbroken singer trying to convince himself and the listener that heâs moved on. But Summersâ poignant offering compares favorably with standouts like the often overlooked Bob Dylan gem âMost of the Time.â Keep Your Eyes Ahead comes out Tues., Jan. 29.