Words In Flight is a band based on the original songs of Drew Brightbill who relocated back to the East Coast from Colorado. The addition of Paul Galdi on upright bass has added a rich sonic depth to help fill out the sound (Galdi comes from an accomplished jazz background and fronts his own avant-music unit called Ran Tan Toon- www.reverbnation.com/rantantoon).
The duo acts as the core of WIF but the band can perform as up to a 5 piece. They are just making their entrance into the greater Philadelphia, New York, Central PA and East Coast scene with their laid back yet uplifting, introspective and feel good set of unique songs. Stylistically, they fall into the category of acoustic rock, indie and folk, with touches of jazz and pop.
Words In Flight recently released a 5-song EP, "From Whence We Came", produced by Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner and featuring appearances by a handful of Phila local players.
They also just announced the release of their new single which features members of the Hot Club of Philadelphia as well as Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists. They often draw comparisons to Death Cab For Cutie and The Decemberists. They have been featured on WXPN, Vents Magazine, The Vinyl District, and in Colorado, Words In Flight earned the distinction of Best Local Band by the local Boulder newspaper, The Colorado Daily.
Words in Flight spin a clever yarn in their...new song “The Ravenous Affair"...[which] features Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists on accordion, giving it a bit of its jazzy Parisian flair". Matt Matasci, mxdwn.com
The Southern Sounding
"The Ravenous Affair,"...joins forces with Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists (who provides the song with its accordion rhythms)... The track lopes casually along, taking a waltz-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"
Marquee Magazine, Quick Spins-
The light songwriting of Drew Brightbill is a welcome juxtaposition to the normal brooding singer/songwriter.Brightbill doesn’t lament on lost loves and broken hearts on this eponymous EP, instead he focuses on whimsical topics like ghosts who pen obituaries and the pleasures of petting a dog (in addition to a Todd Snider-inspired mathematical break-down of dog years and time).With tracks that are more poppy than folky, Brightbill delivers four songs of almost sugary sweet happiness. While everyone knows that sad songs are the best, Brightbill puts a solid effort forward to making the edges of our mouth turn upward with his clever comedic slant on daily life, cheerful melodies and light-hearted observations. Words in Flight recently had to postpone a few gigs, after Brightbill fell off a bike and broke his wrist, but again, just wait. I’m sure there will be a funny song about that soon.
"Just listened to your album! I really like your music. Very whimsical and fun! Great vocalists and instrumentation! Looking forward to seeing you live!!" -Jennie
"Just wanted to tell you guys I love the CD...I can't wait 'til you record more songs! :) Also wish I lived in your area so I could come see you live. :)" -Alyssa
"Just bought your new album. Very impressive...sounds great!" -Kevin
"I love your CD!... I cannot stop listening to it!" -Melissa
"To me, it sounds like it would be a great soundtrack for a movie." Johnnie J, 2020 The Blink- Internet Radio Station
"Wonderful, well-crafted and well-performed music." Kerry Leigh