Well-manicured album arrives from unsteady ground
Haley Heynderickx opens her debut full-length alone, easing into the introspective “No Face” with nothing more than her voice and delicate, fingerpicked acoustic guitar. As the album progresses, however, the music opens up, blossoming into cinematic piano ballads (“Show You a Body”) and twisting, '60s girl group-indebted tunes such as “Oom Sha La La.” Fittingly, the record is titled I Need to Start a Garden.
Heynderickx followed a winding path to release her debut, navigating aborted recording sessions and crises of confidence, eventually cultivating a well-manicured, eight-track album from this rocky soil. Throughout, the musician matches a steady musical hand with uncertain lyrics that explore issues of loneliness, self-doubt and faith. “I've been doubtful of all that I've dreamed of,” she sings on “Oom Sha La La” before the music surges, as if to provide ballast.