A Fault In This Machine

by Murmur Tooth

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The first full length album by me, Leah, made in my apartment in Berlin.

I used to play guitar in a metal band. We started out as kids in New Zealand, then moved to Europe, focussing mainly on touring. After years on the road I got sick of vans and bars and random floors and settled in Berlin, Germany. I didn't know what to do - playing in bands was my life. So I began building myself a little home studio and started watching Youtube tutorials.

It has taken me a couple of years hunkered down on my little nerd station, but I'm getting there as a "full-stack musician". This is the first full length album I've made from start to finish (excluding mastering - that's still a bit beyond me!). It's all my lost and all my love laid out in hertz and decibels, and it has been my sense of purpose through a time adrift.

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released March 19, 2020

Written, recorded, produced and mixed by Leah Hinton.
Mastered by Mike Grinser at Manmade Mastering.
Trumpet on Memory played by Kelly O'Donohue.

Huge thanks to Rene and Mauricio for their mixing mentoring, and Mike for his patience with me always hogging the nerd station.

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Murmur Tooth is the songs of Leah Hinton, a New Zealand musician/producer based in Berlin. Dark and cinematic, grimy and beautiful, not for elevators, not for dancing.

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Track Name: A Fault In This Machine
Feed the flesh of the face
Drink the light before it’s gone
Oh but I like these rules
They have suited me just fine
The good side
Board a plane to Ho Chi Min
Count the days until I can make something worthwhile again
Haven’t found a place for all the faces from the last song
The moon has grown a dozen times since then
And who are you in someone else’s land?
They danced children in front of my cold hand

I can’t remember the last time I cried over pain that wasn’t mine
Track Name: Weak Knees
I'm bored, let's breed, seriously
This cardy’s a pullover
Concede and lay bets on concessions ahead
Golden days of sunsets and weak knees

But don't listen to the voice inside your head
Don't listen to the ghosts under your bed
We're all sleeping on graves 
On bones and nitrates
We're all waiting for someone
To fill the days

I woke into confusion about when
Timelines stretching out and back again
And I couldn't know just when it was I'd woke into
Were years ahead or had they gone and left us with weak knees?

But don't listen to the voice inside your head
Don't listen to the ghosts under your bed
We're all sleeping on graves 
On bones and nitrates
We're all waiting for someone
To fill the days

I’ll fold my hand, call it a day, bow out
And lay my head down for the night
At least I’ve got you, my love
You always make the bitter a bit bittersweet
Track Name: Earth And Mire
Take my peace
Take it all and keep it
Use it when you need it
I’d give it if I could
Let it chase away
The things that dark your days
And let the sad in
I hear your faith deflate beneath
Heavy things that mean nothing
Just close your ears and turn away
Everything will burn one day

When the sun hits the sky
Like a gun in a knife fight
When the world comes alive
Like magnesium on fire
Wait for me, wait for me
Breathe out and breathe back in
Wait for me, wait for me
Good things are coming

Sorry for the words
It was winter when they grew nails
In a ton of rooms
Stacked on other rooms for days
Night creeping in at 4pm
First today then tomorrow again
Well it gets so old it’s true
And we’re getting tired, I feel it too.
Let’s burn everything
Track Name: Rain Rain
Rain rain, rain rain
Don’t go away
Rain rain, rain rain
These hills are yours, my bed, my safe
Beat the roof overhead
The toil of my father’s sweat
Lull me into child’s sleep
To dream of things I don’t know yet

Rain rain, rain rain
Don’t go away
Rain rain, rain rain
These streets are yours, my breath, my grave
Fill the air around alone
And wash away what’s said and done
Take me to the sea
And cleanse my soul of the dust of the city
Track Name: Slip Away
Close your weary eyes and shut your mind
Let the things that used to drive your days
Float out into the night
Visit other places, other times
Let yourself seep through the skin 
That you’ve been stuck in all your life
We won’t survive death from the sky
God save our souls
God give us light


Was it everything that you were expecting?
Did you get to be some your dreams?
Release all your fear
Nothing matters now that we are here.
Slip away, slip away my darling
God save our souls, god give us light


One final breath for everything
A final bow, a curtain call
Dropped the ball but we played the game
Hurts so bad, just hold my hand
One last touch, you’re everything
We shared a life, now slip away with me
And a love for the world
Track Name: When Girls Read Vampire Novels
Hold your head up
The light is fading
And all the heat is rising
Can you feel it coming?

When the city hauls its bones
Into the night’s shadows
And dark mingles with heat
Like old friends telling old stories
Watching the sweat on my skin
Beading slow, a fault in this machine

Well it could be the 40 ounce I downed
But it feels like now is being played out by someone else
Shooting blanks into a barrel
Throwing dice across the table
There’re gold rings on your fingers
And serpents in your eyes

I recommend you spend an evening
Just pretending to be watering
All the fake plants in the building
While you’re waiting for that that something
That’s too late, it’s far too late
We’ve faked all there is to fake
With pointed tooth and painted faith
We’ve built cathedrals out of paper planes

Hold your hands up
Can you see the days delineate?
Lines for the times
You’ve succeeded and failed
If the devil drinks alone I’ll be drinking for one
Watching the sweat on my skin
Beading slow, a fault in this machine

Well it could be the 40 ounce I downed
But it feels like now is being played out by someone else
Treading water at the border
Of sleep and disorder
There’s glass all in your fingers
And blood all down your thighs

I recommend you spend an evening
Just pretending to be watering
All the fake plants in the building
While you’re waiting for that something
That’s too late, it’s far too late
We’ve faked all there is to fake
With pointed tooth and painted faith
Just line up and buy a ticket for that train
Track Name: Early Train
I’ve been a long way down
Into the shale and back again
My friend, I’ve fallen
But you’re the whole way down
You’ll never feel the light again
You’re packed and waiting
To take the early train

Wait a day
The sun will come again
And warm the land
Wait a day
Oh what a feeling, a warm hand
You’ll want to feel this again
And miss the early train
Track Name: Memory
Memory sneaking out the back door
I'll gently smash bottles into your skull
Let it be, let hours drip from the walls
Let them pool on the floor, let them see what I saw
I got it all wrong

Tell me it's ok to measure things by what could have been
Time is crashing, cracking, it'll break us all to pieces I can feel it
Rushing away

Memory sleeping by the back door
I'll gently hold what I have left of you all
Collect and keep the hours that drip from the walls
Who dares to waste one when you're always stuck in this particular one
Memory
Track Name: These Days
Just smile your smile
And say the things that you say
All I want, all I need
Is to be around you these days

Hide away
Just you and me, the things we’ve saved
We’ll lock the doors
Just these four walls and cyberspace
We’ll assimilate
Absorb each other till we’re just
A single face

So smile your smile
And say the things that you say
All I want, all I need
Is to be around you these days
You’re all I need these days

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