The Dead Tongues (from the album Unsung Passage available on Psychic Hotline Records)
A journeyman adventurer, Ryan Gustafson uses the songs of his band, The Dead Tongues, to chronicle his travels, the stories a first-person accounting of the life he sees and the environments that affect him. On Unsung Passage, the recent third album release from The Dead Tongues, the music’s role is movement for the tales, banjo notes planting a path as “Ebb and Flow” navigates a route to Tennessee. The Dead Tongues accept mortality as a part of life in “Thunder and Crash” while notes of strings and voices flutter throughout “The Other” as a rhythms place pattering percussion around “The Giver” and put a Country sway into “Like a Dream”.
Human emotions are passed around on Unsung Passage, the sound backing the stories liberally sampling Folk, Blues, Country, and Cosmic American Rock’n’Roll. As a non-stop touring musician, life on the road as The Dead Tongues and as a supporting guitarist for fellow North Carolinian Hiss the Golden Messenger offers Ryan Gustafson a window to a world passing by for his stories. The scenery and the mortals coiled around the planet are fodder for the pen as Unsung Passage provides a soundtrack for the stories, partnering flute and harmonica for “Won’t Be Long” and putting a percolating bongo beat underneath “Pale November Dew” as The Dead Tongues slowly turn the rhythm wheel to show “The Broken Side of People Everywhere” and use sweet slide guitar to mask the pain walking a tightrope over “Clip Your Wings”.
Listen and buy the music of The Dead Tongues from AMAZON