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2018
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Vow
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Language
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C.R.F.W.
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06:45

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As Midwife, Denver based multi-instrumentalist Madeline Johnston plays what she describes as “Heaven Metal,” or emotive music about devastation. Johnston began developing the experimental pop project in 2015 while a resident of beloved Denver DIY space Rhinoceropolis. The venue/co-op started in the early aughts and nurtured local artists until 2016, when its doors were shuttered due to high tensions surrounding the safety of DIY spaces (not coincidentally following the horrific Ghost Ship fire in Oakland). Residents were displaced around Denver and artists like Midwife were forced to start over.

However, it was at Rhinoceropolis that Madeline became close with Colin Ward, an artistic confidant and friend to whom her new album, Forever, is dedicated. Madeline comments, “He was my roommate and was the embodiment of that place [Rhinoceropolis] in a lot of ways. We became really close friends there. I was always learning so much from him, about life and being an artist. He was an amazing teacher and friend to me.” When Ward passed away unexpectedly in 2018, she turned towards sound to express the indescribable feelings that partnered with her grief.

These mournful sounds ultimately developed into her new album, Forever. The 6-song LP is a latticework of soft focus guitars and precise melodies– anthems of light piercing through gray clouds of drone. On the track “C.R.F.W.,” we hear Colin Ward reading a poem that speaks of a leaf falling from a tree in autumn: “imagine the way a breeze feels against your leaf body while you finally don’t have to hold on anymore.” Johnston responds with slowly radiating tones, branches stretching out to hold the leaf one last time. “I wanted to write him a letter. I wanted to make something for him in his memory,” Madeline says of Forever.

On Forever, Midwife combines ambient and dream pop into nuanced, reverb-soaked music that is equally haunting and moving

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releases April 10, 2020

Recorded by Madeline Johnston.
Mastered by Nicholas Wilbur.

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Track Name: Anyone Can Play Guitar
Anyone can fall in love
Anyone can play guitar
Anyone can tell a lie
Anyone can fall in love

You can't run for your whole life
You can't run for your whole life
You can't run for your whole life

Anyone can fall in love
Anyone can play guitar
Anyone can say goodbye
Anyone can fall in love

I'm not coming back this time
I'm not coming back this time
I'm not coming back this time

You can't run for your whole life
With two truths and a lie
You can't run for your whole life
With two truths and a lie
You can't run for your whole life

With two truths and a lie
Track Name: S.W.I.M.
I don't want to swim forever
Treading water my whole life
You know I can't swim forever
I don't want to fight the tide

I don't want to live forever
Paranoid for my whole life
I don't want to live forever
You had a gun, I only had a knife

You know I can't swim forever
Treading water my whole life
I don't want to swim forever
Reaching for the other side

I don't want to live forever
I don't want to stay the same
I don't want to live forever
I can't even say your name

I don't want to swim forever
Treading water my whole life
You know I can't swim forever

I don't want to fight the tide