ARTIST: WE LOST THE SEA
TITLE: TRIUMPH & DISASTER
LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS
WORDS: KARLEY MYALL
Formed in 2007, Australian post-rock band We Lost The Sea have released their seven-track anthology titled ‘Triumph & Disaster’. After debut ‘Crimea’ it was their second release ‘The Quietest Place on Earth’ which truly helped them find their own style of post-rock and create their own unique sound. In 2013 they lost their close friend and vocalist of the band Chris Torpy and are now an instrumental only band.
Instrumentals are common on many albums nowadays, the odd one or two but this band solidly base their whole sound on instruments but have managed to successfully showcase their ability to embark on new endeavors and delve into different kinds of sounds to go along with their overall genre of music.
“…have managed to successfully showcase their ability to embark on new endeavors and delve into different kinds of sounds“
This album is driven by the post-apocalyptic view on the collapse of the world, the instrumentation creating this feeling of suspense, giving you goosebumps as you listen to the overpowering sounds. Focusing on themes like climate crisis, over consumption, isolation and the loss of love and trust. Topics that are so important but are hardly spoke about and this band give them an even bigger meaning with the way their sounds make you feel and how much stronger music can make a topic sound.
‘Towers’ the 15-minute opener shows the ways in which the album overall will sound, it creates an atmosphere that is so compelling. It starts off with a wailing siren, then goes into some thunderous guitar riffs as the siren falls into the background, its chaotic and triumphant, it sounds like there’s an ever-growing suspense as the same eerie siren takes over the track. Towards the end, the beat picks up and creates a level of uncertainty, almost like in a horror movie when something tragic is about to happen. Even though this track was dragged out, each part told a different story through a variety of sounds.
“They truly know how to play instruments to tell a story“
‘Dust’ is an eerie and gloomy track, something that portrays an upsetting event with the mellow guitar riffs, but as you listen, piano keys start to intertwine as well as the high-pitched sound of a trumpet which almost makes it sound more hopeful and uplifting. ‘The Last Sun’ goes straight in with intense guitar riffs and the heavy drum hits, to create a track that portrays destruction and chaos, it brings the whole albums message together in one.
We Lost The Sea have created something that really does stand out, it’s not just your generic instrumental album, its one that tells a story with the power of instruments. After everything they’ve been through, they’ve got back up and continued to thrive. They truly know how to play instruments to tell a story, one that will make the world listen and feel all kinds of emotions.