UNDERRATED: The Helio Sequence's 'Negotiations'

Once an atmospheric and yelpy guitar rock band, this Oregon duo made the leap to pop craftsmen with a new album. Occasionally recalling the dramatic sweep of British bands such as James and early Coldplay, Helio Sequence makes music primed for the wide open spaces. Try the addictive "Downward Spiral," which rides an insistent beat and echoing vocal for a song that makes sadness sound positively anthemic. Sub Pop
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