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We Lost The Sea — Departure Songs [Full Album]

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  1. monarda
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    A Gallant Gentleman brought me to tears. I could visualize the walk into the blizzard and the feelings of fortitude and sacrifice. It was an incredibly moving piece of music. With Bogatyri I kept...

    A Gallant Gentleman brought me to tears. I could visualize the walk into the blizzard and the feelings of fortitude and sacrifice. It was an incredibly moving piece of music. With Bogatyri I kept trying to find the vision of the music, and just couldn't map the music to one of the most horrifying disasters in my lifetime. And maybe that's why; I remember how I felt and what I was thinking at the time, and maybe I had expectations. I didn't listen to it through it's entirety. The Last Dive of David Shaw was a great composition. I really wish I didn't know the back story of it, because the music kept insisting that I move to it, but I couldn't really let go because it doesn't feel right to enjoy the movement of my body when a real person has died, is dying through the music. The Challenger pieces unfortunately got smacked with my memory of the events and the tragedy. The music is wonderful, but I guess because I had memories of the event, the music didn't track with my how I felt. When I was able to move past that, and get into the beat, I just couldn't forget what it was memorializing.

    This was incredibly interesting. I don't know if I have ever listened to music knowing what it's trying to convey beforehand. That this knowing affected how I experienced it makes me want to listen to it again and see if I can't get past my expectations and sorrowfulness of the events so I can enjoy what was really good composition.

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  2. deing
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    This album has very calming music even (or perhaps especially?) if you don't know the backstories, summarized from the link below: The first track, A Gallant Gentleman, is about Lawrence Oates, an...

    This album has very calming music even (or perhaps especially?) if you don't know the backstories, summarized from the link below:

    Our latest record ‘Departure Songs’ is inspired by failed, yet epic and honorable 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. Each song has its own story and is a soundtrack to that story. The songs are a celebration of lives lived and lost.
    Album Artwork Commentary

    The first track, A Gallant Gentleman, is about Lawrence Oates, an antarctic explorer who (ineffectively) sacrificed himself to buy his companions more time; the second one, Bogatyri, is dedicated to three vitally important clean-up workers in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster who died from extreme radiation exposure. The third, The Last Dive of David Shaw, deals with the eponymous dive, in which Shaw attempted to rescue a prior diver's body from a particularly tricky cave, only to succumb to the same fate in the end. The final, two-split, song is about the Challenger explosion and has a long sequence about dreams underscored with sampled speeches.

    2 votes
  3. kfwyre
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    I don't have much to say about this other than that I'm really enjoying listening to it. It's been a while since I've sat down with a solid post-rock album, and this is hitting the spot....

    I don't have much to say about this other than that I'm really enjoying listening to it. It's been a while since I've sat down with a solid post-rock album, and this is hitting the spot. "Bogatyri" was amazing. Thank you for linking it.

    2 votes
  4. wervenyt
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    This album is a testament to post rock as a genre. I'm far too young to have memory of any of these events, but despite my lack of connection, each piece strikes meaningful chords. I love the...

    This album is a testament to post rock as a genre. I'm far too young to have memory of any of these events, but despite my lack of connection, each piece strikes meaningful chords. I love the comfort with which the crescendos of this album come and go, without quite disturbing the serenity, until the true climax of each story is reached. While every piece is more or less about failure, and they can all be absolutely devastating, the end of the runtime leaves a lasting aftertaste of hope and perseverance.

    2 votes