Album: Keep Your Eyes Ahead by The Helio Sequence

3764.jpgI can’t put my finger on who Helio Sequence remind me of, but that is a good thing. I suspect it is because they have a unique yet familiar sound that is immediately appealing. There is something very Flock of Seagullsish about the title track, Keep Your Eyes Ahead. And close to the end of the album in Broken Afternoon you can hear Bob Dylan’s influence. It’s very beautiful and very transparent.

But my favorite song on the album is the first track, Lately. Listen to the song and think of each line as a fib, as if the singer is trying to convince himself that his words are true. It’s a very powerful song.

Helio’s lyrics are understandable, literate and interesting with enough vagueness but not too much to be meaningful.

This is my favorite album so far this year. I won’t be surprised if it ends up on my 10 best for the year.

Artist: The Helio Sequence
Album: Keep Your Eyes Ahead 5 Stars
Label: Sub Pop Records
Download: Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Linked from their website…go check it out.)

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