Release Date: May 24, 2019
Record label: Forced Exposure
Josephine Wiggs cut her teeth as a bassist in the late '80s and early '90s. First with art rock band Perfect Disaster and then with upstart and highly successful, alternative rock band The Breeders. Her resume also includes a 1996-released, mostly overlooked solo album entitled Bon Bon Lifestyle. Fast-forward 23 years to her second solo album, We Fall, which sees Wiggs eschewing her rock oriented past and embracing her experimental ambient persona.
It's tempting to credit Josephine Wiggs for the Breeders' breakthrough moment. With her iconic opening bass slide in "Cannonball," Wiggs helped define not just one of the best songs of the '90s, but the power of simple melodies for aspiring bassists everywhere. As the band's original bassist, Wiggs was something of a secret weapon, imbuing records like Last Splash and All Nerve with her trademark honeyed gloom.
Fans of Josephine Wiggs' projects -- which include her time in the Breeders in the '90s and 2010s and with Dusty Trails in the 2000s -- may not know she also has a thriving career as a composer. On We Fall, she brings this intricate, introspective side of her music to the fore with beautifully pensive results. Based on a set of pieces she originally composed for the 2013 documentary Built on Narrow Land, the album's roots as a soundtrack linger on in the restrained feel of each of its tracks.