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Murmur Tooth - Murmur Tooth and Lars Moston - Album Review: No Time To Explain

19 May 2023 // A review by Paul Goddard

Collaborations can work. Sometimes they do most of the time they don't. What seems like a good idea can pretty quickly turn out to be a shit show.

The best collaborations are often those where it doesn't seem to be a good idea. A place where opposites collide instead of attract. A place where friction creates sparks and the sparks create something magical. 

On paper, a multi-instrumentalist who is used to playing bars in Wellington with her Avant Garde Metal band shouldn't fit with a UK/German DJ/producer with a passion for dance and electronica. 

BUT

When you add a combined passion for all things musical to that mix and a shared desire for experimentation and pushing boundaries then sparks will fly and something truly magical will be created

No Time To Explain is a collection of music built up over a period of time. It pushes boundaries and is full of surprises. Leah's passionate vocal which ranges from edgy to dark to uplifting is the main focus and all that hard work gigging with a live band shines through. You can feel it at the core.  

Then there are the beats and the production. It's spot on with Lars Moston using his talent for a tune that can get people moving to full beautiful bass-thumping effect. 

Every listen of this album throws up something new. On first listen the surprise of where each track goes just makes you want to hear and discover more. 

Poison (yes Alice Cooper's Poison) is the best version of that song I have heard. I would argue even better than the original. Whereas Weirdo would sit well on a Billie Eilish album. 

Each track stands out on its own and there really is No Time To Explain (excuse the pun) all of them. 

The best thing you can do is take a listen. Get this album into your collection.

I have it on constant repeat at the moment blasting out of my Marshall speakers, rattling my bottle of JD as I dance around the room like a lunatic.

Music as it should be 

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Murmur Tooth

Murmur Tooth is the songs of musician and producer Leah Hinton. Dark and cinematic, not for elevators, and not for dancing, she loosely describes her genre as “doompop”.

Leah played classical piano as a child in New Zealand, and oboe and cello in her school orchestra. Then she heard Nirvana and everything changed - she taught herself guitar, formed avant-metal band El Schlong, and shredded her way around the world with El Schlong, and later quirk-rock band Kobosh. She settled in Berlin, built a studio, and started her solo “doom-pop” project Murmur Tooth, single-handedly writing, recording and mixing two EPs and a full-length album, as well as filming and editing a bunch of music videos.

Throughout 2022 Murmur Tooth is focusing on her ongoing collaboration with German electronic producer and DJ, Lars Moston. Leah and Lars met during the pandemic and started exploring how their polar opposite musical backgrounds could clash and combine. They are currently working on music that ranges from instrumental club tracks to vocal-based pop songs. April saw their first official releases together, starting with the instrumental You, Me, Us, Spines on super-hyped German label, Heideton, and the remix of Claptone's new single Beautiful on Different Recordings. Also in the works is a full-length album that combines Leah’s composition skills and vocal hooks with Lars’s production magic. The songs are dripping with layered harmonies and bursting with the weird and wonderful sounds of half broken instruments, salvaged childhood toys and repurposed household appliances. Watch this space…

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Releases

No Time To Explain
Year: 2023
Type: Album
A Fault in This Machine
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Dropping Like Flies
Year: 2017
Type: EP
The Room EP
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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