San Miguel, NM
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, and is out now on The Flenser. 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. Midwife is interested in turning trial and tribulation into sources of light. In Spring 2022, Midwife will be on tour Supporting Deafheaven and Holy Fawn. She has shared the stage with acts like Nothing, Bambara, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Jenny Hval, Have a Nice Life, Marisa Anderson, Circuit Des Yeux, Big|Brave, and more.