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I Need to Start a Garden

Haley Heynderickx

2018

I Need to Start a Garden
Album Summary

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I Need to Start a Garden is the debut studio album by American musician Haley Heynderickx. It was released in March 2018 under Mama Bird Recording Company. In an interview, Haley Heynderickx explained it took three attempts to record the album. Her first attempt was at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, with musician Colyn Cameron, however a horse had passed away during one of her songs. She explained "I lost faith in the songs and myself. The horse died". The second was at a conventional studio, but Heynderickx felt inhibited by insecurity and worries about money from the cost of the studio: "It doesn't feel like a labour of love when every moment you're in a studio it feels like you're losing money. The last thing I want to think about when capturing songs that were made from a place of love, is money." Her third attempt was made at Nomah Studios – an in-house licensing studio set up by Heynderickx's friends. I Need to Start a Garden was met with "generally favorable" reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, this release received an average score of 80 based on 10 reviews. Aggregator Album of the Year gave the release a 80 out of 100 based on a critical consensus of 9 reviews.

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Rating

3.21

Votes

67

Genres

  • Folk

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Tue Jan 09 2024
5

My submission! Beautiful album. Sounds even better on vinyl and best live.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

Great sounding music and a beautiful voice

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

Really good soft indie stuff. I think it needs a few more spins, but could see it being in regular rotation.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Saw Hayley live a few weeks ago, they're super talented. Thank you for submitting this album, love it.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

9/10. This was really chill, definitely need to revisit at a time when I can listen to the lyrics more attentively, because what I heard, I liked.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

The first few songs were lovely, timid songs. It felt like everything fits good together. The second part of the album is more uptempo. And in another way, everything fits too! Precious little surprise

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Mon Mar 11 2024
5

Pretty incredible. This is a very specific kind of music that I am 100% in the pocket for

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

I have listened to The Bug Collector so many times

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

If you want heart-wrenching queer-coded indie folk, look no further than this Portland singer-songwriter. 9/10

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Sun Jan 14 2024
4

Well this was just a delightful dollop of indie folk today. I definitely enjoyed it as a whole, but Oom Sha La La in particular is going to be on heavy rotation for me this year, I can already tell.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
4

I like a good singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice, and this certainly qualifies. Very nice, interesting songs, excellent lyrics, beautiful arrangements. I don’t like her hairstyle on the album cover, that’s my only real negative. 4 stars.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
3

Heynderickx's all-too-brief thesis reveals itself, this time, as about groups. Folk music, it turns out, in its small ensembles, is a member of large-group genre club. Elements of the natural and home world symbolize relationships on this record, with touches of jazz, classical, and band tunes the musical reminders.

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Sun Jan 21 2024
3

The album's sound is truly captivating. The guitar in 'The Bug Collector' is particularly mesmerizing, and the overall arrangements are masterfully crafted. The singer's voice is exquisite, seamlessly blending with the music like a glove. A beautiful folk record. I have listened to it on a Sunday morning, it probably enhances its charm

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Fri Jan 26 2024
3

I liked this. It felt to me like the product of an artist still in formation, but a lot of talent and potential. I think she would benefit from some collaborators to fill out the sound.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
3

It's nice folk. Not exactly groundbreaking, but it was lovely. Reminds me a bit of Mothers early work.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
3

I like the rockier parts better than the folkier parts.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

Lovely minimalistic approach and some very sweet melodies. The vocals harmonies are just perfect. Nice one!

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

Lovely and sometimes biting indie folk. I can really get into this, when the mood is right.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
3

Listened to this one a good deal over 2020 and was familiar with the more popular tracks. Those that incorporate a full band have some wonderful arrangements and instrumentation, and Heynderickx's vocals swing from soothing to frenetic to perfectly match whatever the mood may be. I do wish the experimental singer-songwriter streak present in the bigger tracks was consistent throughout the album, but overall this is a solid listen and I hope we get more material from Haley soon!

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Tue Jan 09 2024
2

twee indie folk, oddly-spelled name and she's from Portland! Take my 2/5.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
1

Not much into this melancholic music

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