Painting The Roses (LP)

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Midnight Sister
Painting The Roses (LP)

[ Jagjaguwar / LP ]

Release Date: Friday 15 January 2021

As Midnight Sister, multi-disciplinary LA artists Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian make motion pictures. Yes, sometimes with moving images - but most often only with the music they create together. Balouzian's serpentine, string compositions are movie scenes that allow Giraffe, a brilliant character actor, to cloak herself in a new roles and voices. A bit of Jon Brion's score work; some old Hollywood strings; a solid dose of glam and outsider disco from 70s independent cinema. Any perceived artifice is always matched by an indelible human fingerprint, something perfectly off.

'Painting the Roses' is in many ways a fairy tale -- not so much the sweet-and-happy-ending kind as something richer, packed with imagination and rooted in the complex human messiness beneath a story's artifice. Frontwoman Giraffe describes it as "this tightrope of being real yet synthetic, organic yet staged, light yet dark, logical yet irrational, beautiful yet dilapidated. Joyful nonsense." Here, disguises like masks and paint are not meant to hide but to liberate, to "set a part of us free", and Midnight Sister often embody this themselves, appearing highly stylized, curious, warm and inviting but a little askew. 'Painting the Roses' is a story told through the looking glass, one where we examine ourselves in a funhouse mirror but find clarity in its twists.


1. Doctor Says
2. Satellite
3. Foxes
4. Sirens
5. Escalators
6. Dearly Departed
7. Tomorrowland
8. My Elevator Song
9. Wednesday Baby
10. Limousine
11. Song For The Trees
12. Painting The Roses