AOTY 2021


Midwife - Luminol
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Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #399 / 661
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Based on 74 ratings
2021 Ratings: #244
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Madeline Johnston’s musical project Midwife is self-describes as “heaven metal” and after hearing her third studio album Luminol, I don’t really get too much of the metal, but definitely tons of the heaven. This six track 30 minute album came across as a less adventures Beach House, with her vocals flowing around, but also happens to have meatier guitars. Even though these songs lack on technicality, Johnston makes a good job of filling the spaces with feedback and fuzz. ... read more
I'm calling this dronegaze since we're all out here inventing genres like there's no tomorrow. Every song somehow sounded like it understood me instead of me understanding them. It sounded like every part of my body is numb but that I also felt everything at that moment. It's also just nice to add this to the albums that I space out to because reality just hurts way too much.
Even though the album is very short (32 minutes) the songs are way longer than they have any right to be. However, the album offers cool ideas despite a lack of a lot of them.

The riff at the end of promise ring is awesome.
Some of the song ideas in here are restrained by how long the track runs and the lack of a more progressive song structure, but whenever the main melody actually stands out, the lofi distorted production combined with her voice manages to outweigh the redundancy.

FAV TRACKS: 2020, Colorado, Promise Ring
pretty decent
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Added on: June 2, 2021