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I Need to Start a Garden

Haley Heynderickx

I Need to Start a Garden

Debut record from the Portland, OR singer-singwriter

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Mama Bird Recording Co.
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  1. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    With its subtly radiant psychedelia, Haley Heynderickx's full-length debut figures to be a dark horse contender for numerous year-end lists and is bound to make ripples among underground circles
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The album's best songs are simple, contemplative and poignant
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  3. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The debut album from Portland-based songwriter Haley Heynderickx is, in a word, breathtaking
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    An album of subtle, but nonetheless wonderful ear-worms. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Heynderickx's music sounds fresh and improvised, as much about process as it is about poetry and craft
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Tender without being twee, this debut LP ultimately captures a moment that is both genuine and touching
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Enough to make you very excited about what’s yet to come, though – this particular garden is ready to bloom into some very special greenery
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  8. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    A treasure trove into which repeated delves are absolutely demanded
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  9. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    On her debut LP, the Portland songwriter turns her incisive gaze inward, writing from the feelings in her heart and the visions in her head
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    So, the album is quite a journey, but in the end, Heynderickx has a simple message to put forward, stated simply in the song, "Jo": "Be good or be gone."
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