Made up of guitarist Stephen Mok and keyboard player Sandy Ip, Per Se has been one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the local indie circuit in recent years. Since releasing their debut EP in 2013, the duo has gone on to play at Clockenflap, the Wow and Flutter Festival, and has also done a tour in Taiwan. Explaining its name, the band says, “Per Se means intrinsic or in itself in Latin, which represents our songwriting philosophy. We want listeners to hear concepts or themes in our songs rather than associate it with a specific genre.” Per Se’s most recent album, Ends, for example, is a bilingual collection of songs that addresses different types of endings in life.
This changes often but, at the moment, it’s Californian rock band Thrice for Mok and Austin-based instrumental ensemble Balmorhea for Ip.
What to look forward to at Moonrise Picnic
All originals, especially songs from Per Se’s third album, Ends. Fans can also look forward to older favourites, such as InPhase and Petals.
Iconic song: InPhase
This beautiful track is from the duo’s debut album. According to them: “The song is about us staying on track and not deviating from our initial goal which is to create music that’ll still be around for centuries to come... Every so often when we get lost creatively or in our career direction we use this song to get back on track.”