Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2015 release, the sixth album by The Helio Sequence. This self-titled album began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo's friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing 'The 20-Song Game.' The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording twenty complete songs. When they were finished, they'd have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the game to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record. In May of 2014 they began arriving each morning in their Portland studio with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month. They just played, recorded ideas, added layers, and eventually cut the loose takes into rough shapes, steadily building songs from their cavalier sketches. When June arrived, the duo sent their 26 finished songs to 31 friends, fans and family members. They asked each person to rank their 10 favorite tracks. By summer's end, they had the 10 tracks that shape the breathless and magnetic The Helio Sequence-a record so named because it's a kind of clean restart for the longtime pair, a revamp of their process and a revitalization of their results.