Neue Meister present “Absence”, John Metcalfe’s fifth album.
The new album "Absence" deconstructs a subject John Metcalfe has been interested in since childhood in New Zealand: dealing with loss.
"When I came home from school one day, I found my father lying motionless on the floor. I immediately called for help and therefore did not stay at his side. I often wondered what I would have said to him in our last moments together if I had stayed with him. And if he was really alive and just couldn't speak, what would our common thoughts have been?" - John Metcalfe.
One aspect of Absence is the exploration of those very moments of death, the minutes when the heart has stopped beating and the last brain waves are fading. Do we still have some kind of language? If so, what is on our minds and what would we tell those close to us? Overall, this album can be seen as a sequence of stages that two people, one of whom is dying, are going through. And although she mainly portrays the present, music also deals with the past and life after a loss.
The album will be released on all platforms on September 21.