Guitarist Matt Harvey of We Lost the Sea joins me on the podcast to discuss the band, the process of creation, self-doubt, and how art helps us translate grief.
Over the last five years I’ve talked at great length about their album Departure Songs on my blog, on Twitter, and with any music fan who will listen. It’s a spellbindingly layered album, both an instrumental masterpiece and an emotional battle. I routinely put it in my Top Five albums of all time list.
I don’t think I can adequately express how important this album and band have been to me over the last five years, but it was a privilege and an honor to talk with Matt. If you’re already familiar with the work, I hope this gives you more context. If you aren’t familiar with the work, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with it.
As always, big thanks to Lauren Boyko for the intro music. Thanks to you for listening. If you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on every single platform, consider doing that in your downtime. If you’ve got additional free time, please feel free to leave a review.
- Three of my favorite reviews for Departure Songs are this one and this one and this one.
- Though we didn’t discuss it, the band’s song “A Gallant Gentleman” was featured in the Ricky Gervais show After Life in a particularly moving scene.
- At one point Matt and I talk about a live video of Departure Songs being played straight through from beginning to end. Here is that video.