By Ian Bremner
Sometimes you can tell when an artist is ready to pop. Over the last 6 months or so, Haley Heynderickx has made a name for herself in and around the Northwest as a true jewel of songwriter. Her single, Oom Sha La La drew instant attention towards the end of 2017, with her name popping up on nearly every “artist to watch” -type lists. Her debut LP, I Need To Start A Garden, will demand re-categorization. She will no longer be just an Northwest artist, but a nationally touring force. Despite deeply personal, her work has worldly appeal.
“I Need To Start A Garden” may sound like something you’d overhear in Heynderickx’s hometown Portland, Oregon. It doesn’t seem possible to find another record in history with more references to vegetables, wildlife and old olives, but that is simply a byproduct of her environment. It’s about so much more. Heynderickx uses the term “garden” both literally and sometimes as a figurative metaphor for a person or a place. Like a pan full of fresh veggies, I Need To Start A Garden is a medley of ballads, classical guitar picking and slow building rock tunes. The songs were conceived as bedroom recordings, so perhaps you could call her room a garden as well.
Haley Heynderickx has likened the name of the record to a tattoo, where it may not be entirely thought out, but it absolutely a representation of a specific point in time. Her songs are the same way. You can tell each song is therapeutic for her, the writer, but they are equally so for the listener. Gardening is looked at therapy for some folks too. Maybe that’s a coincidence, maybe not.
I Need To Start A Garden is out now on Mama Bird Recording Co. Buy the record HERE.
Watch official video for Oom Sha La La
Watch a beautiful live session for Paste Magazine in New York