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Welcome To The Sea OMG! I love this album it is so dense but light at the same time. I feel like this is a very mature release. Is it dark, yes, is there some hope within absolutely.
Natalie
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Natalie It’s been a hard stretch through this pandemic. Time is fast, days roll on over shifting terrain, no place to gain footing to process collective trauma or feel the depths of our own suffering in isolation. But damn this album ripped me apart. Any tough exterior I’d built to show up to work and read the news without devastation just melted off as slow and heavy as these riffs. 2020 is a knockout. Thank you. It’s so nice to feel this raw but also safe, because you made the feeling beautiful. Favorite track: 2020.
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adam.thurston I am so happy to finally listen to this glorious album. It has been on repeat all weekend. I can't select a favorite track, the flow is so perfect they all play so well together. Definitely in my top 5 of 2021.
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1.
God is a Cop 05:07
I can't kill the evil thought I can’t turn it off Am I heartless, or am I soft? I can't kill the evil thought I can't kill the evil thought I can't shut it up Am I me, is that enough? I can't kill the evil thought I can't kill the evil thought I can't turn it off Am I the villain, am I the cop? I can't kill the evil thought It’s been way too long It’s been way too long It’s been way too long
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Enemy 07:03
My body is against me My body wants to kill me My body is an army My body's out to get me My body is against me (you know, you know) My body wants to kill me (it’s freaking me out) My body is an army (you know, you know) My body’s out to get me (it’s freaking me out) My body is the police My body has to have me My body is enemy My body has to have me My body is the police (you know, you know) My body has to have me (it’s freaking me out) My body is enemy (you know, you know) My body has to have me (it’s freaking me out) My body is against me My body wants to kill me My body is an army My body’s out to get me My body is against me (you know, you know) My body wants to kill me (it’s freaking me out) My body is an army (you know, you know) My body’s out to get me (it’s freaking me out)
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2020 04:14
And it feels And it feels like Heaven is so far away And it feels And it feels like Heaven is so far away And it feels And it feels like Heaven is so far away
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Colorado 06:49
How much more death can one person take? No, I’m not ok All my friends are in New York All my friends are in LA All my friends are in Chicago All my friends in Santa Fe All my friends in Colorado All my friends are here to stay How much more death can one person take? No, I’m not ok All my friends are in New York All my friends are in LA All my friends are in Chicago All my friends in Santa Fe All my friends in Colorado All my friends are here to stay How much more death can one person take? No, I’m not ok
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Promise Ring 05:24
Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever You’re the secret that I bleed I’m the promise that you keep You know I was born to run But I’ll still be here when you’re done Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever You're the secret I can’t speak I’m your bride, you’re my bad dream You know I was born to run But I’m the angel with a gun Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever You’re the secret that I bleed I’m the promise you can’t keep You know I was born to run I want it all but I have none Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever Love will break your heart forever
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Thought I was in an Andrew Wyeth Crawling up the hill, towards the house Show me the way Show me the way Show me the way

about

Midwife is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Madeline Johnston. She lives and works in San Miguel, New Mexico by way of Denver, Colorado, where she spent the better half of the past decade developing her experimental pop project. As a self taught guitarist and recording engineer, Midwife explores dark subject matter in her anthemic, soft-gaze hits. Self-described as “Heaven Metal,” or emotive music about devastation - catharsis.

When 2020 began, Johnston had several national and international tours planned, but the pandemic shifted her focus back to recording, and back to her internal landscape. Midwife’s third full length record, Luminol, was written and produced during quarantine.

Luminol is a chemical used by forensic investigators to reveal trace amounts of blood left at a crime scene. When it reacts with blood, luminol emits a chemiluminescent blue glow that can be seen in a darkened room. In the same way this chemical reveals evidence at a scene, Midwife is interested in profound truth - turning trial and tribulation into sources of light.

Luminol navigates themes of incarceration, locus of control, clarity, self harm, confinement, agency, and truth-seeking, all erupting in a bioluminescent Rothko color-field of blue.

The Luminol album cover shows a dark figure standing at the edge of a body of water. It symbolizes the way humanity had been on a precipice throughout 2020, to later find out they had been there all along. Being one of Midwife’s most personal records, Luminol's cover artwork is a picture of Madeline Johnston's mother taken in the 1980’s, when she was the same age as Madeline at the time of recording. By redacting the figure, Johnston hopes that anyone could see themselves there, by the water, as a form leftover when all the elements of their lives are stripped away and what is left is a host.

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released July 16, 2021

Luminol features collaborations from Tucker Theodore, Angel Diaz (Vyva Melinkolya), Zachary Cole Smith, Ben Newman, and Colin Caulfield (DIIV), and Dan Barrett (Have A Nice Life).

The album was written, recorded, and produced by Madeline Johnston in Colorado and New Mexico.
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering.

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