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Skullcrusher – ‘Quiet The Room’ review: a storytelling masterclass

Trading her rootsy folk beginnings for a more widescreen approach, Helen Ballentine casts an entrancing spell on her exploratory debut album

Skullcrusher: LA folk star with a sparkling gift for vivid, purposeful songwriting

On her debut album, Helen Ballentine sings exquisitely about the emotional impact of her childhood while searching for hopeful glimmers of respite

Watch Skullcrusher cover ‘New Slang’ by The Shins

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Shins' debut album, 'Oh, Inverted World'

Skullcrusher: LA’s rising alt-folk star seeks shelter from the storm

Helen Ballentine's stunning second EP – recorded in response to a touch of imposter syndrome – is a powerful, weighty exploration of vulnerability

Skullcrusher – ‘Storm In Summer’ EP review: alt-folk meets shoegaze stylings

Helen Ballentine sought shelter from the storm when hype and attention rained down on her last year - this comeback is just as mesmerising

Skullcrusher announces new EP ‘Storm in Summer’

The EP's title track has also been released, along with a music video

Skullcrusher pays homage to Nick Drake in new single

Helen Ballentine recalls times she felt "viscerally intertwined" with Nick Drake's music in this new track

Skullcrusher shares new single ‘Farm’ and Radiohead ‘Lift’ cover

Following her self-titled debut EP in July

Radar Roundup – July 24, 2020: The killer new music you need to hear this week

NME's Radar Roundup is your weekly reminder of the rule-breaking rising artists you cannot afford to ignore right now. Get stuck in...