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Negotiations by The Helio Sequence
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Sub Pop Records
The Portland duo gets truly retro on their fifth release, swapping digital equipment for ribbon mics and analog delays and synths. The vintage gear translates stunningly, their crystallized reverb-pop nearly crackling with the organic sound of classic vinyl. Negotiations is filled with the sort of old-school romanticism that bands like The Last Shadow Puppets and The Walkmen do so well. Every track feels like it naturally expands; spacey synths, glistening guitar and skittering beats gather around Brandon Summers' melancholic croons, which make even heartbreak sound as soothing as a lullaby.
Stephanie Benson

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