Haley Heynderickx – I Need To Start A Garden (album review)

by Woody on March 6, 2018

At this juncture in my life, it takes quite a bit for a folk musician to stand out for me. Whether it be vocals, lyrics or variety of approach; I need something for it to stand out. Well on I Need A Garden, Haley Heynderickx ticks off all the boxes on a wonderful debut LP.

The album opens with No Face, a two minute tune that showcases her stunning voice. It’s what I would deem as traditional folk with Haley singing over her exquisite guitar playing. And as enjoyable as that track is, a whole album of that would probably lose my attention at some point.

Well after that opening track, we go on a bit of a voyage. The quirky The Bug Collector sees our protagonist wandering around the house dealing with a whole host of critters. I am guessing it is kind of an allegory (don’t know if that term works here but I’m going with it) for the troubles our protagonist has dealt with over time. Worth It is the centerpiece of the album; a seven cathartic journey about self-worth that starts slowly, works its way into a nice little boogie and then vacillates between the two for the balance of the tune. She then finds time to wonder what God looks like on Untitled God Song, a tune that reminds me Okkervil and works in the easy-going Oom Sha La La; a tune that is sure to be a live favorite.

Heynderickx is a wonderfully talented songwriter and this is sure to be the first of many excellent LPs. She has so much talent and the ability to take it in many different directions for her not to be a special talent.

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