We Lost The Sea
we lost the sea live by Bram Vanderghinste
Following their modern classic Departure Songs, a record about heroism and sacrifice in the presence of insurmountable odds, Sydney, Australia’s We Lost the Sea return with a new conceptual collection of songs centering around the evolving and harrowing tragedy of an era that should be our proudest yet continues to unfold as one of our most regretful. Triumph and Disaster is an artistic exploration of how our greatest advances have brought our world to the brink of destruction. The record is in ways a reversal of the thematic elements of its predecessor. Rather than giving melancholic ideas an epic scope, We Lost the Sea begin with a towering concept and bring to it nuanced emotional shadings and a sadness painted with unique whimsy as it ponders the feeling of gazing upon the sweeping grandeur of what was once ours one final time through tired, crestfallen eyes.
The indignation of the record can be seen clearly in the massive riffs and swirling climactic maelstrom of the album-opening single “Tower,” the driving progressions of “A Beautiful Collapse,” or the feverish cacophony that introduces “The Last Sun.” But it’s the ways they utilize their broad canvas in the spaces between these dramatic swells that truly defines the tone of Triumph and Disaster. The album is breathlessly expansive in its loudest and most confrontational moments, but its greatest sense of immediacy comes in softer instances, for it is in those places where We Lost the Sea appeal to that which is most delicate and thoughtful in us. The aforementioned tracks deftly balance both approaches, leading piece by piece to “Mother’s Hymn,” which acts both as lament and lullaby as the album’s sonic horizons drift into the distance.
Amidst the darkness of our self-imposed downfall there yet remains innocence and purity and a sense of hopefulness, however fleeting. This largely rests in the hands and minds of children, which reveals a secondary possibility regarding the triumph of the album’s title. In the face of ever-intensifying odds, the dream of a better world dances through this resilient space where ambition and cynicism have yet to combust. It is from this youthful perspective that Triumph and Disaster aims to act as a call to our nobler sensibilities. It is an impassioned love letter to the human spirit, seething and tearful in both its longing for a return to reason and its disquiet surrounding the real possibility of accepting our impending demise. But even as its central figures watch the world fade away, there is a reminder that there may still be time for us to avoid sharing that same fate.
— text by David Zeidler (Young Epoch)
This highly acclaimed album is the third album by the Sydney-based, cinematic, instrumental post-rock/metal band, We Lost The Sea. Since its initial release in Spring 2015 (on Bird's Robe Records) a lot of people have been captivated by this magical piece of art with its astonishing artwork and touching melodies.
Departure Songs is inspired by failed, yet epic and honourable journeys or events throughout history where people have done extraordinary things for the greater good of those around them, and the progress of the human race itself. Each song has it’s own story and is a soundtrack to that story.
This is our 3rd album and our first instrumental album. We’re exploring new ground and exploring ourselves in the past 2 and a bit years since Chris went on his own journey. It’s slightly bleak with shimmers of hope and layers of emotion. It’s a tribute and a catharsis of emotion and honesty.
— We Lost The Sea bandcamp
We are excited to welcome the release of We Lost The Sea - Live at Dunk!Fest 2017 double LP.
A live recording of the band’s first ever overseas show at dunk!festival in Zottegem, Belgium in June 2017. A show that they almost missed after blowing out two tyres on their gear trailer somewhere on the side of a German motorway. This is an energetic and visceral rendition of Departure Songs by the band who were excited to be in Europe on a big stage. This 180g double vinyl is being released through Bird’s Robe Records (AUS/Asia) dunk!records (EU) and Translation Loss Records (US). Each label has their own colour variant.