The Helio Sequence to release Negotiations on September 11th via Sub Pop
Negotiations, the new album from The Helio Sequence, and the band’s first in over four years, will be released September 11th, 2012 on CD, LP and digital formats on Sub Pop Records. The album was written, recorded and produced by the band in their studio in Portland, Oregon. The Helio Sequence has created a preview video piece featuring music from Negotiations, that hints at the excitement we’re all feeling about this record, which you can view here.
The Helio Sequence is currently planning a massive fall tour in support of Negotiations, which will be announced soon. Preceding the tour, they have scheduled an appearance in Seattle, WA on September 1stat the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.
About The Helio Sequence: Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence, would sound different had it not been for a flood. In 2009, while touring in support of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, singer-guitarist Brandon Summers got an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night. Back home in Portland, the band’s studio/practice space was under nearly a foot of water. Heavy rains had caused the building’s plumbing to overflow like a geyser. But Summers and drummer-keyboardist, Benjamin Weikel, were lucky: All of their best equipment was either on tour with them, or racked high enough off the studio floor to be spared.
Still, the band needed a new home and they decided to use this opportunity to try something different in a new studio space. For reasons related to this new environment and not, recording for Negotiations proved to be the loosest, and most free-form the duo has ever done. For all of that, Negotiations doesn’t demand deconstruction. Still, we’re happy to do some of it for you: This collection of shimmering, reverb-heavy songs is a meditation on, among other things, solitude, memory, hope, misgivings, loss, atonement, and inner dialogues (hence, Negotiations).