Sydney cinematic instrumental band We Lost The Sea have just released their long-awaited new album Triumph & Disaster on October 24 via Bird’s Robe Records and dunk!records in Europe. The fourth album in their collection, Triumph & Disaster, is a post-apocalyptic view on the collapse of the world told like a children’s story and illustrated through the eyes of a mother and her son as they spend one last day on Earth. The music is the narrative for the destruction and tragedy. The words tell the story of love, loss and letting go.
In a new documentary the band breaks down their most recent album artwork and the children’s book that arrived alongside it, telling these themes of a post-apocalyptic world and climate ignorance through means other than the music they make.
Watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y4IOLe8q54
Also, for an in-depth look at the complete artworks from the album check out the folio page on Behance: https://www.behance.net/gallery/86859775/We-Lost-The-Sea-Triumph-Disaster-Complete-Artworks
And if you still need more infos, Pilerats had a chat with the band about the artwork, how it links into their latest record, and the documentary.
We Lost The Sea are friends who came together in 2007 to create a new collection of noise that gathers relentless crushing guitars together with otherworldly atmospherics and melody. Their widescreen post-rock has taken them all over the world and seen them share stages with like minded acts Baroness, Russian Circles, Rosetta, The Red Paintings and This Will Destroy You. Their last album Departure Songs landed the band widespread acclaim on all continents.
Fourth album Triumph & Disaster by Sydney cinematic instrumental band We Lost The Sea is a post-apocalyptic view on the collapse of the world told like a children’s story and illustrated through the eyes of a mother and her son as they spend one last day on Earth. The music is the narrative for the destruction and tragedy. The words tell the story of love, loss and letting go.
The first single lifted from the album is also its opener Towers. At an expansive 15 minutes long, with its ringing guitars Towers heralds in a new era for the band. Representing the beginning and the end of everything, it is about giant oppressive forces and feelings, the towering juggernaut of power, failure, history and death.
“We love Departure Songs (2015) and everything it has done for us and our fans but we wanted to push things this time around. We felt a lot of pressure to try and rise to the challenge of writing something that would hold up to those levels and expectations. It was really tough to work with that hanging onto everything we did, and I think that energy fed into the music. We really wanted to do something that was completely for ourselves, from the story behind it to the music. I feel that Triumph & Disaster is a lot bolder, dynamic and much more sonically dense than anything we’ve previously done,” guitarist Matt Harvey elaborates.
“Dealing with huge themes and constantly thinking about the end of days, surrounded by images of destruction, pollution, stark landscapes and bleak artistic imagery for almost two years has really shaped how this came about. Towers sums all of this up in one song and represents the light, shade, push and pull that is all throughout this album. We wanted to come out epic from the start, so here’s the first song, Towers. This song and album is one of the most challenging we’ve ever put together. It took a long time to get it right.”
Triumph & Disaster is a sad love letter about the collapse of the planet as told through a lens of intricate guitars and striking colour. The album deliberates themes and events such as the climate crisis, over consumption, isolation and the loss of love and trust. It is a lament for the planet, all the people on it and the beauty that will be left behind.
Instead of leaning on facts and figures, We Lost The Sea chose to deliver their message in a bleak but kind way only art can transcend, and telling their story via a children’s book allowed them to reduce huge topics into simpler forms like how a child would see the world.
2. A Beautiful Collapse
4. Parting Ways
5. Distant Shores
6. The Last Sun
7. Mother’s Hymn