On Christmas day in 1996, a sixteen year old boy unwrapped a gift from his parents. It was The White Album on CD. The boy had asked for Failure’s Fantastic Planet and his father saw the disappointment. “HMV didn’t have that album you were asking for.” His father said. “I thought you would like this.”

            The boy nodded and put it to the side. “Thanks.”

            Later that day, the boy sat in his room, looking at the CD. He eventually put it into his stereo and let it play while he read through a music magazine that he had come in his stocking. The songs moved through. And then a melody caught him: “Mother Superior jumped the gun…Mother Superior jumped the gun.” The boy stopped and listened. Attentively this time. He started the track over. Happiness is a Warm Gun. He read the lyrics in the liner notes. It was one of the most amazing things he had ever heard. He gave the whole album a real listen then. A better listen. The melodies, strange and wonderful. And thirty years old. He was connected.

It was only the second time in his life that he had experienced something like that. The first was when he was thirteen, spending a summer in Dublin with his grandparents. He was watching MTV Europe, waiting on Jump by Kriss Kross. An hour passed. And then another. A VJ came on and said: “This song has changed everything. If you haven’t heard it yet, you must have been living under a rock.” It would be the first time he would hear Smells Like Teen Spirit. It was everything he felt and wanted to feel. It was instantly one of the greatest moments of his life. And he realized then that he must have actually been living under a rock.

The melodies (and all the ones that would come after) would always act like anchors for him, each listen would take him to that feeling of discovery and love and sadness and happiness and himself.  He would later realize that this beauty is often only found when you aren't looking for it.

This is H.Pe. Interfaction is his first album.

            Music is a journey to experience the moment of melody. H.Pe wants the listener to hear the influences that affected him, and how they can come together to create something new and relevant. So what are the best albums? These influences? Subjective for sure, but this is what H.Pe thinks:

  1. Nevermind by Nirvana

  2. The White Album by The Beatles

  3. Low by David Bowie

  4. Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

  5. Either/Or by Elliott Smith

  6. Antics by Interpol

  7. A Ghost is Born by Wilco

  8. Silent Shout by The Knife

  9. In Rainbows by Radiohead

  10. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs

There are definitely a hundred more great albums, but these are the anchors and the roots of H.Pe. He only wishes that he could make something as beautiful!


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