HALEY HEYNDERICKX – ” Oom In The Sha La La “

Posted: September 23, 2017 in MUSIC
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Haley Heynderickx is a songwriter from Portland, with a ridiculously difficult to spell surname. Discussing her songwriting Haley has suggested it is to her a form of therapy a way of better understanding her mixed Filipino and American roots and the dichotomy of her soft-spoken nature and her vocal prowess. Haley is set to release her debut album, I Need To Start A Garden, early next year and has this week shared the defacto title track, “Oom Sha La La”.

Building around the muted strum of an electric guitar, and a steady ticking drum beat, “Oom Sha La La” is a track that seems to never stay still, fluttering from dream-pop, into an almost 1960’s girl-group chorus, before coming off all odd-ball wonky pop and in places getting really, really loud. Hayley’s vocal seems to shift effortlessly through the gears as well, one minute a honeyed coo, the next a brisk Cate Le Bon stacatto or a gutteral, punk-tinged yell. As first singles from debut albums go, things really don’t get much more exciting than this.

Born in Stockton, California and raised in Forest Grove, Oregon, Haley Heynderickx wasn’t brought up in a musical family, but she was keen to try it out after having a dream in which she was the female version of Jimi Hendrix. Being eleven years old and burning with desire to set her guitar on fire, her parents allowed her to take several guitar lessons. However, Forest Grove is a pretty small town and only a bluegrass instructor was available. This experience worked out for the best, bringing Heynderickx an appreciation for country music and acoustic implementations. She gradually found a love of writing and folk music once entering college. Heavily influenced by folk, rock and pop music of the 60s and 70s, Heynderickx’s writing found influence in Dylan, Nick Drake, along with local musicians she began performing with. Her simultaneous feelings of anxiety and love for the 21st century is captured in her haunting vocals and honest lyrics. Though she has enjoyed performing this as a solo songwriter, she found greater satisfaction in a big band noise through the flair of her bandmates. With Alex Fitch of Typhoon on drums, and Lily Breshears of Big Haunt and Sheers on bass and backup vocals, Heynderickx’s subtle softness reaches greater capacities of emotion and longing with the amplification of instruments and energy. This band is young, attentive, and excited to explore their musical horizons.


I Need To Start A Garden is out early in 2018 via Mama Bird Recording Co. 


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