Dead Language by Moonlight Bridge is a moody affair. It relishes in its melancholy atmosphere with slow and dirge-like pianos, soft acoustic guitars and heart-felt vocals by frontman Justin Giles. Like Latin (itself a dead language) Dead Language seems to come from a forgotten and lost time. Almost immediately the listener is transported into the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains. This type of music may no longer be ground-breaking, but like Latin it still proves to be vital.
Individual songs don’t jump out from the speakers and scream “instant classic”. But that’s not the point of Dead Language. This is an EP that is meant to be listened to as a whole unit. In fact, it almost seems like it’s designed to be the soundtrack for a laid-back day in the back-woods. The album’s opener “Open Waters” feels like an early morning walk around the lake. Meanwhile “Diego” and “It Could Happen” pick things up just slightly enough for the day’s leisurely activities. The closing song “Silver Slumbers” perfectly captures the early crisp evenings of the late fall, when sitting home by the fire is the best place to be.
Frontman Justin Giles has described the EP’s sound as anti-electronic button pushing. Indeed, if that type of music captures the frantic and busy lifestyle we’ve grown accustomed to, then Dead Language harkens by to a more care-free time.