We Lost the Sea released Departure Songs on July 23, 2015. This will be their third album, but the first to be entirely instrumental. This album was in response to the loss of their vocalist, Chris Torpy, who sadly committed suicide in 2013. This double feature album would be highly ambitious for any band to create, but We Lost the Sea did a wonderful job composing all of the melodies and riffs featured in this album. Extras in this album would include a cello and more significantly, they included a high school girls choir to use as an instrument more than for lyrics.
This album starts with “A Gallant Gentleman” and features the high school girls choir. Out of the five tracks on this album, this one is my personal favorites. “A Gallant Gentleman” really expresses the loss the band had suffered with the suicide of Chris Torpy. Second on the album is “Bogatyri.” “Bogatyri” as word is plural for “Bogatyr,” which is a hero in many Russian epics and poems. This song builds up to a climax the the listener may feel is the rising conflict of the Bogatyr. Third on the album is “The Last Dive of David Shaw.” This song has a very unique concept in telling the story of David Shaw, a famous diver, who sadly passed away after drowning on his deepest dive yet. As the song continues, the listener gets more and more involved through the “high tides” of the song. About half way through you feel submerged under water and it is at this moment where one feels they are experiencing the death of David Shaw. The fourth and fifth songs on the album are two part concept songs whose theme is of the tragic Challenger Explosion, which occurred on January 28, 1986. The “Challenger Part 1 – Flight” is a 23 minute build up that starts with the launch and ends with the explosion. The unique concepts behind either of these songs is that they both feature voice recordings detailing the rocket itself and the tragic accident that followed that fateful day. As the song picks up the guitar uses an effect that makes the listener dream of walking to something big, like the walk to the Challenger rocket. The second part of the song, “Challenger Part 2 – a Swan Song,” really leaves an empty feeling one gets when they witness something tragic. We Lost the Sea really thrives on their emotions after the loss of their singer.
The concept of death is different to everyone, but We Lost the Sea really set the bar high with a non-contemporary view of death. As the album fades away you can not help, but feel the pain they felt for their loss. We all go through a substantial loss in life and this album exemplifies the loss they felt.
- A Gallant Gentleman
- The Last Dive of David Shaw
- Challenger Part 1 – Flight
- Challenger Part 2 – A Swan Song
- Mark Owen – guitar
- Brendan Warner – guitar
- Matt Harvey – guitar
- Kieran Elliot – bass
- Nathaniel D’Ugo – drums
- Chris Torpy – vocalist (deceased at the time of the album, but a notable mention is deserved)