The album that began my post-rock addiction - I clicked because the art in the YouTube thumbnail was pretty. And here we are now, with Departure Songs still being the standard that others are judged against. Somber, crushing, soaring, ethereal, this album has all of the moods.
Favorite track: Challenger part 1 - Flight.
Very moving work. I love the earlier albums, but I must say the instrumental is WLTS's strong suite. This must have been a very difficult album for the band to make. The emotion is almost tangible as you listen. Creating such emotion without lyrics is a testament to the musical talent of the band. Good work gentlemen. Keep it up. Thank You
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. This is a celebration and a tribute. 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.
Thank you for your support.
released July 23, 2015
We Lost The Sea are:
Mark Owen – Guitars
Matt Harvey – Guitars
Kieran Elliott – Bass
Mathew Kelly – Piano, Keyboards
Nathaniel D’Ugo - Drums
Michael Taverner - Sound
We would like to thank Tim Carr, Andrew ‘chad’ Edgson, Mike Solo & Bird’s Robe Records, Dave Cutbush and Life Is Noise, Metropolis Touring, Art As Catharsis, bands we’ve played with from here and abroad, and people who’ve lent us gear. Also our wives, partners, kids, friends, family, fans and anyone who’s helped us along the way.
Recorded and produced by Tim Carr and We Lost The Sea at 301 studios, Sydney.
Engineering and mixing by Tim Carr
Studio assistant: Antonia Gauci
Mastered by Andrew ’chad’ Edgson
All songs written by We Lost The Sea
Choir section composed and arranged by We Lost The Sea and the Mercy College Choir.
Choir on ‘A Gallant Gentleman’ from Mercy College girls high school, Chatswood
Teachers: Kathryn McGreal & Matthew Robertson
Choir: Amelia Berthold, Caillin Betts, Elizabeth Daniels, Vanessa Daniels, Aisha Herbert, Kiara Herbert, Lizzy Jackson, Grace Johnston, Rheanne Lamont Funtanilla, Nancy Li, Sam Miley, Emma Morton, Mary Neis, Marianne Pamilar, Carmel Rodrigues, Ishuveen Saini, Isabella Sharpe, Rhea Thomas, Stephanie Woo
Cello on ‘The Last Dive of David Shaw’ and ‘Challenger’
by Tim Mahony
Trumpet on ‘Challenger’ by Ellen Kirkwood
Artwork concept, illustration, design and layout by Matt Harvey.
The song themes are inspired by true stories throughout history and reference themes and information collected and researched from online sources. Individual sources listed on insert.
This record release was self-funded by We Lost The Sea.
Released worldwide via Bird's Robe Records and Art As Catharsis.
This album is dedicated to the memory and music of Chris Torpy. Rest in peace, brother.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- put out my hand, and touched the face of god.