Josephine Wiggs, most famously of wonderful Boston band The Breeders, has released a few albums under different guises over the years. She has never let genre prevent her from doing what she wants. We Fall, her latest album, is no exception. She takes influences from Eno’s Another Green World, Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Harold Budd. LP and CD on Sound Of Sinners.
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Ah. Ok then. I'd been excited for this Josephine Wiggs album for ages because I loved so much her twin 90s albums as Honey Tongue and the Josephine Wiggs Experience but I was slightly disappointed to find out it was a more ambient work than before and that her voice would only feature once. That's ok though - my fault for building up expectation.
Listening to it though my disappointment turns to enjoyment as it does retain the feel of those earlier works and it isn't the totally ambient album I'd dreaded. Instead Wiggs builds instrumental pieces out of piano parts and adds in gorgeous cello flourishes, bass and percussion. The opening duo of 37 Words and Slipping Through the Cracks are both lovely evocative pieces and perhaps because of the combination of instruments have an unusual sound to them which is quite unlike most other ambient stuff you'll hear this year. Though Harold Budd and Bria Eno are obvious touchstones, these pieces have an almost chamber rock feel to them and in other parts recall some of the instrumental passages Radiohead are able to come up with.
It's a clever album in that rather than starting a sound from scratch, it takes Wiggs signature sound and takes it in a whole new direction. It's a thoughtful, unique work that eschews a lot of the cliches of ambient and goes in somewhere between classical and electronica. Quite stunningly gorgeous at times, I'd urge you to give this a go. Wiggs has always produced interesting music away from her day jobs in the Perfect Disaster and the Breeders and in this respect this is no different.
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