The Birthday Letters – “Epoch (for H.J.D)”


“Epoch (for H.J.D.)” is the newest track from London-based singer/songwriter The Birthday Letters, the project of Joseph Hughes. Impressing with past efforts like “Lesser Evil” and “Dirty Crusty,” The Birthday Letters continues an enriching sound that combines pop smarts with a singer/songwriter intimacy. “Epoch (for H.J.D)” rides on more restrained vocals during the verses, developing from a bass-y gallop and subtle guitar in the intro to more expansiveness by the mid-point. The chorus sees added vibrancy to the vocal lead, emitting a soaring lead into the “when they discover,” vocal hook.

“The song is based pretty directly on American Outsider artist Henry Joseph Darger,” Hughes explains. “I just love the idea of this guy who’s obsessed with his art that the world doesn’t know about. It’s a deeply beautiful idea. I think he personifies the creative impulse in many ways and I’ve been wanting to write a ‘character’ song for ages. I think the song is a great ambassador for my album and the wider themes explored on it.”

Look for The Birthday Letters’ new album, Human Beauty, on June 19th.

“Epoch (for H.J.D)” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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