The Helio Sequence I feel utterly defeated. I pride myself in listening to weird, obscure music. When I know that other people are listening to the same weird music as me, I'm turned off from listening to it from then on. That might not prevent from listening to it ever, but there's a definite impact. But this goes beyond just all music. This usually applies to electronicish type music exclusively. I'll listen to Nine Inch Nails, Mute Math, Filter, Tool, etc. just swimmingly. They're in a different class as the weird electronic. But then why do I feel guilty about listening to The Helio Sequence? I recently came across this band when I searched Grooveshark (awesome SeeqPod replacement) for "Tomorrow Never Knows" by The Beatles. Among the results was a cover of that by The Helios Sequence. It caught my ear. I love the original, and this wasn't that bad at all. It was good! Impressed that a cover of a Beatles song came close to the original, I investigated. Their first album Com Plex could honestly be a future-Beatles album. It's almost plagiarism (like Tycho to BoC, for example). They share very similar elements and, hell, the lead singer even sounds like Paul. It's a loud album; lots of noise permeates through each song, smothering the vocals. It reminds me of the older recording style: open, less studioized. It's refreshing. One particular song, My Heart, starts with a rise of static noise, guitar wailings for a solid two minutes before progressing into a beautiful chord sequence. It's amazing in its simplicity and it works so well. I grabbed another album, their newest called Keep Your Eyes Ahead. It's quite a change from their first. The singer apparently damaged his vocal chords and had to learn how to sing again. Gone is Paul junior, but what is left is excellent. It's different, but just as good. I like the album a little less than Com Plex, but it has some real gems. Hallelujah, which I was assuming was a cover, is really, really good. The vocals are dense, packed together, but he sings them flawlessly with such emotion. Overall, the album is more electronic than the previous, but it's still well sat in rock/indie rock/whatever. The Helio Sequence's sound isn't really that unique. They're not really reinventing anything. But it's so damn good. It's so atmospheric. Maybe my music isn't that unique either. Millions listen to Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Mum, BT, The Knife, Freezepop, RJD2 and Why?. Maybe it's not unique that I listen to them. But they're damn good. And The Helios Sequence just earned a seat.