Words in Flight is an acoustic band which supports the imagination of primary songwriter Drew Brightbill. Often performing with just an acoustic guitar and upright bass, the band has occasionally blossomed into a five-piece for certain live shows. Molding together a brew of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock, Brightbill builds his songs to touch on universal truths but also to connect with specific emotional states. Drawing inspiration from artists like The Beatles, The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, he compresses all these influences into a coherent and lattice-like mass of sounds. He released a 5-song EP, "From Whence We Came," in May of last year.
On his new single, "The Ravenous Affair," he joins forces with Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists (who provides the song with its accordion rhythms) to fashion a song that speaks to our deepest desires and most intimate longings. The track lopes casually along, taking a walkz-like progression and evoking the feeling of spending an evening at some quaint coffee house in Paris. He shares vocal duties with French singer Chloé Perrier, and their interplay provides a sultry counterpoint to the acoustic arrangements and jazzy influences that comprise this world. Additional guitar muscle is provided by Barry Wahrhaftig of The Hot Club of Philadelphia.
There's a bit of narrative sleight-of-hand going on here though. The song is so vivid and evocative that your assumption is going to be that the song documents the experiences of a passionate love affair between two people, but you'd be wrong. If you happen to speak French, the middle section of the song exposes the truth of it all. This affair isn't about the touch of flesh but about the taste of ratatouille. it's a wonderfully unexpected shift that makes the song all the more memorable.
"'The Ravenous Affair' is a quintessential example of a song written as a double entendre, having two parallel interpretations," explains Brightbill. "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."