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Gaspar Narby soundtracks a long-distance WhatsApp relationship in new single ‘An Absentee’


Gaspar Narby ’s new single, ‘An Absentee’ , is a soundtrack for today’s age of digital relations. The haiku-like lyrics point to a long-distance love relationship between Soho in London and SoHo in New York City conducted on WhatsApp phone calls.


“Today, we are connected like never before, which can create beautiful things, but paradoxically, I find myself feeling increasingly alone,” Narby says.


The music embodies such contradictions, with a grand piano and a ukulele delicately intertwining with heavy sub-bass and drums.


“Sometimes, the absence of someone can fill your entire existence. Their ghost just follows you everywhere. I wrote An Absentee to slow dance with my ghost.”


Swiss visual artist Yolane Rais directed the music video, which was shot in an indoor swimming pool. It explores loneliness by placing two characters in the same space, but at different times, with one of them swimming during the day and the other appearing at night. They both seem to be waiting for someone. Rais uses water to transform and blur the two characters. Her slow-motion shots make them appear almost inanimate and coexist with still-life imagery.



This single follows Narby’s debut EP A Stare Makes Two published last December and included by Jamz Supernova and BBC Radio 1Xtra in their EP top-5 list.


“...one to watch in the industry.” - Earmilk


“In short, it’s the perfect track to keep you warm and cosy as the weather gets a little chillier, with romantic summer nostalgia pouring from every seam.” - Born Music Online



“‘Words Of July’ is an exciting exploration of songwriting skill” - The Most Radicalist


“With a tinge of nostalgia, the song is a lyrically gripping piece that is built from a cinematic, electro-imbued pop tune. You will also love its slow-yet-groovy rhythm.” - Aipate Magazine

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