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I Need To Start A Garden

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I Need To Start A Garden is the debut LP from Portland’s Haley Heynderickx, which is released on Mama Bird Recordings. While there will be rightful comparisons made to other burgeoning female artists of recent months and years such as Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and perhaps St. Vincent even, Heynderickx definitely brings something all of her own.

Much of what makes I Need To Start A Garden its own distinct offering is in the recording process. Heynderickx wanted the whole thing to feel as though it was a live experience to listeners; to capture that intimacy. By recording her own vocals and guitar parts live and adding everything else later, this has been achieved brilliantly. It adds a warmth to the record that can be felt throughout, no better than on standout track ‘Oom Sha La La’, a doo-wop inspired beauty of a track that descends into Heynderickx’s screeching of the album’s title “I Need To Start A Garden” at the top of her lungs in an almost uncontrolled fashion.



1. No Face
2. The Bug Collector
3. Jo
4. Worth It
5. Show You A Body
6. Untitled God Song
7. Oom Sha La La
8. Drinking Song


Released: March 2018
Cat: MB022 / Mama Bird Recording Co.