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Prayer Hands

by Midwife

Prayer Hands 02:06
Forever 08:16
Angel 06:12
Demon 10:29


Written, performed, and recorded by Madeline Johnston
December 2016 - August 2017
Additional Instrumentation by Tucker Theodore
Mastered by Will Dyar at Hills Audio
Artwork by Jan Van Der Kleijn


released July 29, 2018

The latest project of Madeline Johnston of Sister Grotto. Together with collaborator Tucker Theodore, Midwife creates dreamy songs that confront raw emotions, haunted soundscapes that get stuck in your head. Following their acclaimed 2017 debut Like Author, Like Daughter, their new Prayer Hands EP delves further, bringing more reverb-drenched anthems of loss.

"Johnston and Theodore insulate themselves once again from the outside world, cloaking their hymns in the gauzy textures of the minimalist shoegaze they’ve been perfecting. Floating on an ethereal plane occupied by likeminded souls such as Liz Harris and Windy and Carl...Midwife extends the luscious beauty of 2016’s Like Author, Like Daughter" - Tiny Mix Tapes

"Over the course of the album Midwife draws from those graceful indie rock subgenres: the dream pop, the shoegaze, and slowcore. By allowing patience to become an integral element of the collection it gains a specific sort of power, one that finds resonance in near-silence." - Beach Sloth

"Four long-ish songs (by traditional standards) that take her delayed guitar and reverb’ed angel voice and wraps it all up in a deeply personal atmosphere, rich and tender and everything that’s perfect about music." - Anti-Gravity Bunny

"wave after wave of washed atmospherics. Bubbling beneath it all, like whispers shared between lovers are the lyrics, coated in various effects that maximize the emotive pull" - Austin Town Hall

"Vapor trails of dream pop and beautiful fuzz. 'Angel' was my favorite song of the year, taking the best elements of classic Slowdive and Sugar Plant and streamlining them into something dark and new." - Atlas Minor

"phantasmagoric vocals and a melodic whisper that is one part comforting, another part sorrowful...Johnston's voice rises less like a human trying to convey a message through words and more like an instrument." - Westword's Best Albums of 2018

"lovely unfurling drone-pop...that has shades of Cocteau Twins and the ambient, dreamier moments of Mogwai." - Doubtful Sounds

"a near-perfect release that features three gorgeously haunting gems of hissing and hypnagogic shoegaze heaven in a row...This is everything I could possibly want in an EP: great songs, heartfelt intensity, depth, and plenty of unconventional ideas executed masterfully. Prayer Hands is easily one of my favorite releases of 2018." - Brainwashed

"a warm lunar breeze, heavenly" - The Autumn Roses


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