Found their one track through the Friends With Benefits sampler and fell in love. The rest of the record does NOT disappoint, but NAME remains my favorite. Unlike anything else.
Favorite track: Name.
Lost Tribe Sound
Where do I start, Midwife (aka Sister Grotto) pulls at the heart strings like no other. This album is huge for her, imbued with the catchiness of Beach House, the tender patience of Cocteau Twins, and the fiery delivery of Scout Niblett. Yet each downtrodden anthem tears at the soul like only Madeline is capable of. We should all be so lucky to own this on vinyl! Gorgeous!
Favorite track: Song for an Unborn Sun.
A friend shared this record with me and I've ordered it on the basis of the two tracks here. From the first chords of song from an unborn sun I was totally captivated. Cannot wait to hear the full record.
Favorite track: Song for an Unborn Sun.
This is a tough listen. It's so good. Like all of her work as Sister Grotto, sometimes I can't listen to it and sometimes I need to listen to it. Just a beautiful, unsparing album from start to finish.
Favorite track: Liar.
Under the name Sister Grotto, Denver based artist Madeline Johnston explores the limits of minimalism in transcendental drone-pop. With "Like Author, Like Daughter", Johnston uses the Midwife moniker to craft triumphant, fist-in-the-air anthems that tackle themes of dislocation and falling in (and out) of love with a person, a home and yourself.
"Like Author, Like Daughter" is a portrait of Johnston’s last year as a resident of Denver’s famed D.I.Y venue Rhinoceropolis which closed in a rash of politically motivated assaults on creative spaces across the United States. The album internalizes loss, addiction, abandonment and wrings them through distorted power chords, powerful leads, sheets of drone to create building, aching monuments to past-selves and lost relationships into a positivist statement of resilience and self-love. It’s a record that is impossible to listen to without a lump in your throat.
Performed, recorded and co-produced by Tucker Theodore (Buffalo Voice, Gunmothers Head), "Like Author, Like Daughter" was recorded in Denver at Rhinoceropolis and INAMBULANCE in Olympia, WA. LA,LD will be released with companion split cassette with Planning for Burial.
"Blends waves of distortion with a delicate edge, finessing a kind of strained beauty. Her vocals sound distant and obscured underneath the layers of guitar static and noise. It creates a spectral effect, her presence fading in and out like some kind of memory recorded to tape, creating faint, comforting feelings of nostalgia that fade out as soon as they arrive." - CLRVYNT
"Johnston’s latest album, this time under the name Midwife, is a perfect record for bleak times, depicting the singer with head held high as she stares straight into the void. Like the abandoned mattress on the album cover, everything is in decay for Madeline Johnston, but the human spirit might just be the one exception." - Slow Breathing Circuit
"This is an album best experienced loud, as turning it up makes it all the easier to surrender to the songs' heartache and share in its affirmative, even at times celebratory spirit. Whatever the hardships Johnston's endured, songs such as “Way Out” and “Liar” reveal Like Author, Like Daughter's tone to be triumphant rather than resigned or mired in despair." - Textura
released June 16, 2017
All songs written by Madeline Johnston. November 2015 - January 2017
Performed, recorded, and produced by Madeline Johnston and Tucker Theodore at Rhinoceropolis / Denver, CO and INANAMBULANCE / Olympia, WA
Additional guitars by Allen Karpinski
Sections of "Name" written by V / Gary Gogel, from the song "1926"
Used with permission by the author and Thalia Zedek
Mixed by Madeline Johnston and Ben Clary
Mastered by Tim Gerak at Mammoth Cave / Denver, CO
"Like Author, Like Daughter"conceptualized and written by Cait Cantrell, 2012
(Our experiences author our lives, I am the daughter of my experience / With intentionality, we can overcome the stories that no longer serve us)
Album artwork by Madeline Johnston and Anthony Rigano
Special thanks to Rhinoceropolis family, Tucker Theodore, and Ryan Hall
Midwife is Madeline Johnston. Known for her minimal ambient work as Sister Grotto, Midwife finds Johnston and collaborator
Tucker Theodore creating powerful anthems of dislocation and loss under the weight of reverb buried power chords and swelling choruses....more