Tuesday 18 October 2022, 8pm
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.
Midwife’s third full length record, ‘Luminol’ (released last year by The Flenser), 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. Midwife is interested in profound truth - turning trial and tribulation into sources of light. ‘Luminol’ navigates themes of incarceration, locus of control, clarity, confinement and truth-seeking, all erupting in a bioluminescent field of ambient, drone and shoegaze, sometimes flecked with more conventionally heavy metals. Johnston’s ghostly voice is always central, often working over the same phrases with mantra-like focus.