Mike Brandon (of The Mystery Lights)
25 Avenue A
New York, NY, 10009
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Haley Heynderickx needs to start a garden. As one of Portland, Ore.'s most intriguing new songwriters, she's been attracting notice for her live shows for several years. Her songs often combine small observational details, delivered in a guileless voice. So far, she's released two EPs: Fish Eyes (2016) and The Bug Collector (2017). The title song of The Bug Collector catalogs the various crawlies — on the wall, the window, the bathtub — that she has to vanquish to "make you the perfect morning." Her song "Sane" paints a more unsettled picture, with its flattened guitar lines and chorus declaring that "the look in your eyes kept me sane."
Heynderickx jokingly calls her music "doom folk." Her latest song "Oom Sha La La," written for a songwriting challenge, is an earworm with a singalong doo-wop chorus, silly lyrics and a surprising freakout in the middle about her horticultural obligations. It appears on (and gives a title to) her debut album I Need To Start A Garden, to be released early this year. – David Christensen, opbmusic