Skullcrusher, has shared the title track from her forthcoming sophomore EP, Storm in Summer. This past year she spent a good deal of time in rural New York State, working on material with her main collaborator Noah Weinman. This past October she released two new tracks: “Farm” and a cover of Radiohead’s “Lift”. Most recently she released “Song For Nick Drake.”
From Helen Ballentine AKA: Shullcrusher:
“I wrote “Storm in Summer” after releasing the first Skullcrusher EP. Over that summer I thought a lot about what it means to really put myself out there and share something personal. I felt so vulnerable and overwhelmed by the fact that these songs I had written in private were exposed and likely being misinterpreted or disliked. I think the song really tries to communicate these anxieties in a cathartic way while also leaning more into the beauty of relinquishing part of myself.”
Storm in Summer was written entirely during the last year, as Ballentine watched with astonishment and some anxiety as listeners parsed the words and feelings of her acclaimed self-titled debut. “These are words I wrote down in my room, and I didn’t think people would listen to them at all,” she says. “But when people are suddenly interpreting them, you think, ‘Fuck, I shouldn’t have even released this.’” Whether reckoning with her own understanding of a songwriter only through his words during “Song for Nick Drake” or debating the respective merits of being understood versus being left alone on “Steps,” Storm in Summer presents a series of candid snapshots about what it means to sing of scars to strangers.
Storm In Summer
Song For Nick Drake
Storm In Summer Song For Nick Drake