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Helen Ballentine has spent a lifetime understanding that she looks neither tough nor intense. With wispy blond hair that suggests a wheat field during a radiant summer sunset, and weighing less than the average high-school sophomore, she knows how first impressions tend to go—“sweet, polite, very quiet and even meek, maybe smart,” she summarizes. Ballentine laughs when she recounts being flattened by a soccer ball in fifth grade or the family friends recently tickled by her band name, Skullcrusher. How could someone so slight and soft, they wondered, wield something so heavy and aggressive?
But listen even once to the five subversively rapturous tracks of Skullcrusher’s second EP, Storm in Summer. You’ll instantly understand the dualities at play here—the light and the dark, the harsh and the heavenly, the Skullcrusher and the seemingly soft-spoken songwriter. Ballentine’s tunes ferry a subtle but unwavering intensity, deserving of the very name they take.
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.
Mal is the artist project of Los Angeles-based visual artist and independent musician Mal Hauser. Hauser contributes vocals, guitar, synthesizer, keyboards and percussion to their recordings. Released in January, 2021, Mal’s solo debut ‘In Free Fall’ EP was self-produced and features Henry Solomon (Haim, Thumpasaurus). The release was accompanied by custom hand-sewn apparel and a virtual web gallery of original photography, visual art and music videos from the EP. The first two singles, ‘Oven’ and ’Sports,’ from upcoming sophomore EP, Continuous Short Feature Film, are out now. The EP is out August 19 and will be accompanied with an experimental short film co-directed by DP Seannie Bryan (Skullcrusher, Flock of Dimes) shot on Super 8mm.