It’s rare to see an artist absolutely killing it before even releasing an album. However, this is exactly what Portland songwriter Haley Heynderickx is doing. Though her debut album I Need to Start a Garden isn’t set for release until early 2018, Haley has performed on the popular YouTube series Live on KEXP and was even given an admirable nod from NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
So what makes her so special?
Well, for starters, her unequivocally raw lyricism is hauntingly reflective of the daily anxieties the majority of us face (whether realizing it or not) every single day. On the upcoming album’s first single “Oom Sha La La”, Haley dives deeper into this self-doubt we face in the mundane repetition of life. She explains the song in detail here:
“Oom Sha La La” is about the doubt we may feel attempting to derive meaning from our daily lives. It’s also a reminder that we could all potentially feel better once taking the time to thoughtfully start a garden. It’s about the little details mattering, and I thought it was funny how silly the phrase was to say out loud, yet it feels pretty dang good when you trick your friends into singing along with you.”
Underneath its sociological relevance, “Oom Sha La La” is an infectiously catchy tune characterized by Heynderickx’s unique vocal style and phrasing, which can only be described as being expertly monotonous – like the feminine equivalent of the late Lou Reed.
Just try to imagine hearing this song in Lou’s voice, and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.