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    Oregon band embraces change

    Oregon band embraces change

    Sometimes it takes almost losing your signing voice permanently for songwriter and singer, Brandon Summers to sing a folk/rock album where the focus is on the lyrics. However, it takes the other half of this amazing best friend duo, Benjamin Weikel, to make up what is Helio Sequence. Weikel compliments Summer’s voice by playing sweetly soft, yet dance like melodies on the percussion and keyboard.

    Compared to Helio Sequences last three albums, “”Keep Your Eyes Ahead”” has less sound provided from their famous use of synthesizers in the background and more of a steady beat provided by Weikel and a charismatic set of drums. “”Keep Your Eyes Ahead”” opens with a strong stance both lyrically and musically in “”Lately.”” Summer’s voice is easy to enjoy with its strong pitch and soft hums. However, Summer’s voice has grown up some since their last album, “”Love and Distance”” in 2004, but “”The Captive Mind,”” gives listeners a second chance to hear Summer’s charismatic voice against strong percussions and echoing sounds of synthesizers.

    Keep Your Eyes Ahead
    Helio Sequence
    4 stars

    Songs “”Can’t Say No””, “”Hallelujah””, and the album titled song “”Keep Your Eyes Ahead,”” reminds longtime listeners of Helio Sequence’s unique synthesizer and pedal produced sounds. The album slows a bit in “”Shed Your Love”” and “”Broken Afternoon.”” Summer’s voice is slowly carried by Weikel’s whimsical sounds on keyboard. “”Broken Afternoon”” challenges Helio Sequences genre with a country like folk sound, but Helio Sequences ability to change sounds makes this album their best yet.

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