Words In Flight is an acoustic band supporting the original music of singer-songwriter Drew Brightbill. Mixing folk, indie rock, blues, jazz and pop into a sound greater than the sum of its parts, Brightbill composes songs that touch on universal themes and make audiences think about the world around them. Listenable and melodic, drawing from influences like the Beatles, the Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie, and Bob Dylan, the core of Words In Flight is a duo of acoustic guitar/vocals and upright bass, but the band can perform as up to a five piece. In any capacity, the additional members of Words In Flight support Brightbill’s original music with admirable restraint, placing the songwriter’s words and melodies front and center.
Though a Pennsylvania native, Brightbill spent five years in Boulder, CO at the helm of his own band. There he cultivated Words In Flight’s genre melding sound and the band became darlings of the Boulder scene. After a brief hiatus from the music world, Brightbill made his way back to his East Coast roots and began to create lyrically driven tunes once again.
The culmination of efforts post hiatus gave way to the band’s recently released 5 song EP called From Whence We Came, which was produced by Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner and features appearances by a handful of Philadelphia based musicians. Continuing Words In Flight’s catalogue, “The Ravenous Affair” pulls together Brightbill’s musical experience into a nostalgia inducing tune. With the help of Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists on accordion and Barry Wahrhaftig of the Hot Club of Philadelphia on guitar, the single strikes at a waltz-esque pace, generating the feeling of sitting in a hazy French cafe. This new track tells a story of what seems to be a romance, but a clever lyrical pivot reveals a different meaning.
“The Ravenous Affair is a quintessential example of a song written as a double entendre, having two parallel interpretations. Despite its lyrical layers, it is musically inspired by old traditional French café music and gypsy jazz with a Django Reinhardt flair, and it is meant to bring the listener to another time and place even if the twist is lost. Recommended to be enjoyed paired with great food and wine.”
– Drew Brightbill on “The Ravenous Affair”