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Track Awareness: "Hall of Mirrors" by The Helio Sequence

August 17, 2012

Four years after their last effort, 2008’s Keep Your Eyes Ahead, Portland-based indie rockers The Helio Sequence are set to release their fifth LP Negotiations this fall on Sub Pop Records. Earlier this summer, the duo unleashed “October”, a simple gem of a pop song  rife with soaring melodies and spacious, Eno-esque production. Now they’ve treated us to “Hall of Mirrors”, a song with equal parts of melodic goodness and sonic interest. Both are streaming below for your listening pleasure.

Singer and guitarist Brandon Summers recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the new song and it’s origins:

“‘Hall of Mirrors’ is a song of both introspection and action – a searching of the past for answers – and the urge to shed illusion and move forward. It began as a short impromptu jam recorded as an afterthought, archived and forgotten during the sessions for Negotiations. Months later the song took full form when we pulled up the rough demo by chance to test some new studio equipment and realized that we had been sitting on one of our favorite new songs that whole time!”

If The Helio Sequence’s brand of jangly, spaced-out guitar pop intrigues you, be sure to snag a copy of Negotiations when it comes out on September 11, or catch the duo on tour this fall.*

Listen:

“October”: 

“Hall of Mirrors”: 

* The Helio Sequence Tour Dates

Sep 01 – Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival / Sub Pop Stage
Sep 07 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom / Music Fest NW ^
Sep 20 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar and Grill
Sep 21 – Paris, FR – Fleche D’ or
Sep 22 – Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 24 – Berlin, DE – Comet (DE)
Sep 25 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Sep 26 – Köln, DE – Gebaude 9
Sep 27 – Leuven, BE – Stuk
Oct 03 – Sacramento, CA – Town House Lounge +
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Independent +
Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour +
Oct 06 – San Diego, CA – Irenic +
Oct 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom +
Oct 08 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress +
Oct 10 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Sol Live +
Oct 11 – Denver, CO – Moe’s +
Oct 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge +
Oct 13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux +
Oct 18 – Halifax, NS – St Matthews Church
Oct 30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown (Bar) X
Oct 31 – Rock Island, IL – Daytrotter
Nov 01 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Nov 02 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf X
Nov 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 05 – Norman, OK – University of Oklahoma X
Nov 06 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s X
Nov 07 – Iowa CIty, IA – The Mill X
Nov 08 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club X
Nov 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall X
Nov 10 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall X
Nov 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern X
Nov 13 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore X
Nov 14 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall X
Nov 15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom X
Nov 16 – Washington, DC – Black Cat X
Nov 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts X

+ w/ Slowdance
X w/ Ramona Falls
^ w/ Hosannas, Radiation City

Via Sub Pop Records

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