“This is really happening.” Our lives, and greater society, have been totally upended, leaving us to figure out how to get by in an isolated world. Denver’s Madeline Johnston and her project Midwife seems like the perfect soundtrack for the strange times we are living in. Her latest release titled “Forever,” is wholly beautiful, haunting, and crushing. Fuzzed out guitars, ambient textures, and murky vocals (you’d swear were recorded by a ghost) inch the listener forward, bouncing along to percussive elements such as a distorted drum machine. Madeline’s lyrics are sparse and opaque, but impactful none-the-less. For anyone interested in “heaven metal” (a genre title which Midwife claims), this is a must-listen.
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