Exposé Online banner

We Lost the Sea — Triumph & Disaster
(Bird's Robe BRR112, 2019, CD / 2LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-06-05

Triumph & Disaster Cover art

“We Lost the Sea” sounds like a pretty good name for a post-rock band, and We Lost the Sea is in fact a pretty good post-rock band. This group from Sydney, Australia was formed in 2007 to explore sounds beyond metal, informing their style with Sigur Rós style atmospherics and Mono style epic compositions. At times, they might remind a listener of Maudlin of the Well, though with fewer avant-garde tendencies. With Triumph and Disaster, their fourth studio album, they present seven tracks ranging from four to fifteen minutes, and from heavy epic sounds to gentler, more subtle moods. My favorite track is actually “Parting Ways,” which is the gentlest of the longer pieces in the set, twelve minutes of lovely playing that features an electric piano sound prominently and even changes meter a few times. For this one, the build to the climax is handled much more subtly than usual, delaying the near-inevitable heavy chords with tremolo-picked guitar lead until eight minutes in. I say “near-inevitable” because We Lost the Sea, like nearly every post-rock band on the planet, has the same strategy for building drama in their music, and it involves moderate tempos, stately chord progressions, and melodies (of a sort) played on tremolo-picked electric guitar. That being said, I do enjoy this album, though I can’t find very many qualities that set it apart from the other practitioners of the style. They know their thing, and they do it well. “The Last Sun” is another variation on the formula, starting with an aggressive dissonant guitar line right at the start, hitting what sounds like a climax in the first two minutes, then dropping down to one of the album’s quieter sections, with meditative piano chords and echoing guitar notes. From there, it is the slow (around eight minutes) ramp-up to the piece’s finale. The album finishes with “Mother’s Hymn,” a vocal tune featuring Louise Nutting’s beautiful vocals and a hymn-like arrangement including a trumpet and multiple backing voices.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): We Lost the Sea

More info
http://welostthesea.bandcamp.com/album/triumph-disaster

Latest news

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Electrelane - Rock It to the Moon, The Power Out, & Axes – Contortions for dirigible apoplexy flex muscular curvatures in modern sound passing raiment unto itself, ballooning into monsoon walls with torque and cresting on a fine knacker. Galloping seesaw...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues