Monday, November 05, 2018

REISSUE: The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Deluxe Edition)

Portland indie-rock duo, The Helio Sequence - consisting of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel – released their fourth album, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, ten years ago on Sub Pop.  To celebrate its ten year anniversary, they have released an expanded deluxe edition of the album featuring remastered audio and in addition, a full album’s worth of demos, alternate takes and outtakes.  It is available on Loser Edition blue vinyl, CD and digital.         
On Keep Your Eyes Ahead, the duo effortlessly combined atmospheric dream-pop and organic acoustic Dylan-esque folk-pop into their best and most compactly cohesive set of songs for their best album yet.  Led by Summer’s twinkling guitars and Weikel’s inventive percussion, the lead single and opening track, “Lately” was the perfect introduction to the album which includes the standout tracks like the infectiously bouncy “Can’t Say No” and the gauzy, finger-picked ballad, “Shed Your Love”.  Standouts among the eleven newly-included tracks include the bluesy, raucous outtake, “Heart Disease” and the three different versions of the stomping, Gospel-infused closing track, “No Regrets”; one acoustic, the second with keyboards and the third, electrified.        
Stream Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Deluxe Edition) here:


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