Haley Heynderickx's Debut Album I Need to Start a Garden, Out On Mama Bird Recording Co. March 2nd, Streaming on NPR Music today
Haley Heynderickx's highly anticipated debut album is streaming on NPR Music who interviewed Heynderickx on her debut and her process. Speaking to the time between her debut EP and the album Heynderickx says she "wanted it to feel intimate. It feels like a conversation to me, getting to play a show. And now making a show for an invisible person, I have no idea how people can intake and receive music without the external stimuli [of a live performance]. It felt like a different craft, so it took me a long time." Stereogum's Tom Breihan praised Heynderickx and I Need To Sart A Garden saying "Heynderickx is the sort of virtuoso who puts her gifts toward making richer, more intricate, more deeply felt music" and Brooklyn Vegan said "Haley has gotten a lot of Angel Olsen comparisons, and they definitely have a similar sound, but Haley is a force of her own."
Heynderickx's highly anticipated debut album is out in a week, on March 2nd, and you can head over to this private page to find more information and check the private download or album stream. Haley will be heading down to SXSW, stopping in LA on the way, and playing She Shreds, Brooklyn Vegan and more showcases on top of her official with Turntable Kitchen.
"Heynderickx is the sort of virtuoso who puts her gifts toward making richer, more intricate, more deeply felt music" - Stereogum
"[Heynderickx] hasn't even released her first album yet she's already an utterly distinct and wonderfully nervy, idiosyncratic presence." - NPR Music
"[Haley Heynderickx's] songs alternately shimmer with playfulness and shudder with earnestness; one moment, they take a magnifying glass to bemusing, mundane details, and the next, they pose startling existential queries." - Pitchfork
"Untitled God Song" is an "extraordinary catalog of personal metaphors for the divine" - The New York Times
“I Need To Start A Garden [is] one of the most intriguing and immersive debuts of this year" - Stereogum
"Every once in a while, amid the swirling chaos of the music world, a song comes along that stops time" - Gold Flake Paint
"Understated grace and humor mixed with an abundance of spirit" - Paste Magazine
"Heynderickx’s voice is a wonderful warble, and she wields it with the practiced skill of a veteran singer" - Uproxx
"One of Portland's most intriguing new songwriters, her songs combine small observational details, delivered in a guileless voice." - NPR Music
Since the release of the first single, “Oom Sha La La", in late 2017 Heynderickx has been making waves and garnering best of and most anticipated lists from Uproxx, BIRP, NBHAP, Clunk Magazine, Various Small Flames and The Bluegrass Situation while also receiving a coveted spot on NPR’s ‘Slingshot’ program. In their best tracks of 2017 OPB Music called “Oom Sha La La” “easily one of the year’s most striking songs” while Uproxx predicted, rightly, that “though this may not be a name that rings a bell at the end of 2017, it’s going to be one of those ones that you’ll hear everywhere in 2018.”
Stereogum called Haley Heynderickx an Artist To Watch with an interview between Heynderickx and Stephen Deusner who called "Untitled God Song" a "deeply contemplative, occasionally hilarious, spiritually provocative meditation into the nature of the Woman Upstairs." Deusner goes on to praise Heynderickx's songwriting saying "Heynderickx doesn’t write songs to present answers or offer confessions. She writes instead to pose puzzling questions: about herself, about her world, about God and reincarnated bugs and someone named Jo. That approach has made her one of the most promising artists to come out of Portland in the last few years, and it makes I Need To Start A Garden one of the most intriguing and immersive debuts of this young year."
Stereogum summed up Haley's last single, "Worth It", by saying it "introduces mesmerizing guitar riff that keeps coming back among the peaks and valleys of raucous garage rock and soft contemplative hums" while Uproxx calls it "a perfect summary of Heynderickx’s songwriting strengths, as she deftly turns a cooing ballad into a towering, epic force, handling both sides of the spectrum — and everything in between — with grace." Paste think it's "sprawling, emotional" while NPR Music say "Heynderickx's songs have a way of sneaking up on you: They start out spare, animated by a lone voice or a subtly snaky guitar line, only to billow out into something strange, beautiful, bracingly intense."
"Worth It" was picked up by MTV's TRL, the New York Times had a track review by Jon Pareles and Simon Vozick-Levinson recommended her first ever New York, which sold out, while AdHoc, Brooklyn Vegan, The 405 and Under The Radar, What Youth and Line of Best Fit all featured the single. Heynderickx recorded a live session with Paste and a NPR Night Owl session at the beautiful King County Distillery. Haley's "Worth It" was also the most discussed track on HypeMachine the week of release.
Heynderickx uses her songwriting as therapy, a sort of mandorla to bridge the gap between -- whether it be between her mixed Filipino and American roots, or the dichotomy of her soft spoken nature and her vocal power. I Need to Start a Garden is full of pure bursts of humanity, in all their beauty and all their rawness, documenting anxiety, pain and conversely healing, community and creation. I Need to Start a Garden, will be released March 2nd, 2018 via Mama Bird Recording Co. with a Pre-Order available HERE.
Mama Bird Recording Co. is a Portland, Ore. based record label committed to exceptional songcraft. Founded in 2011, their catalog includes acclaimed albums from Courtney Marie Andrews, Saintseneca, Barna Howard, Myriam Gendron and Vikesh Kapoor, among others.
I Need to Start a Garden Track Listing:
1. No Face
2. The Bug Collector
4. Worth It
5. Show You a Body
6. Untitled God Song
7. Oom Sha La La
8. Drinking Song
Haley Heynderickx Tour Dates
03/01 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios with Vikesh Kapoor
03/12-18 - Austin, TX @ SxSW
3/21-25 -Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
3/27 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
3/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway*
3/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee*
3/30 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
3/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club*
4/01 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon*
4/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi*
4/04 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark*
4/05 - Toronto, ON @ Great Hall*
4/06 – Montreal, QC, CAN @ The Belmont*
4/07 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge*
08/2-5 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
08/16-19 - Brecon Beacon, Wales @ Green Man Festival
* - with The Low Anthem