SKULLCRUSHER - QUIET THE ROOM VINYL (LTD. ED. CLOUDY WHITE GATEFOLD)
LIMITED EDITION CLOUDY WHITE VINYL GATEFOLD
Release Date: 14th October 2022
"Helen Ballentine’s spellbinding first full-length album, ‘Quiet the Room’, is the sound of a window opening, a barrier dissolving. Across these fourteen tracks, the outside world seeps in and the inside world crawls out. The result is a stunning and quietly moving work that reflects the journeys we take through the physical and spiritual realms of ourselves in order to show up for the world. While writing the album in the summer of 2021, Ballentine drew inspiration from her childhood home in Mount Vernon, NY. What she set out to capture on ‘Quiet the Room’ was not the innocence of childhood, as it is so often portrayed, but the intense complexity of it. Past and present merge Escher- like in this dreamlike space laced with elements of fantasy, magic, and mystery. Musically, this translates into a sound that feels somehow weighty and ephemeral all at once, like a time lapse of copper corroding. To capture the effortless blend of electronic, ambient, folk, and rock, Ballentine and her partner and collaborator Noah Weinman brought in producer Andrew Sarlo to record at Chicken Shack studio in Upstate New York, close to where Ballentine grew up. “We wanted every song to have that little twinkle, but also a sense of crumbling,” she says. These songs thrum with moments of anxiety that boil over into moments of peace, as on lead single ‘Whatever Fits Together’, which chugs to a ragged start before the gears catch and ease."