Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden // indie folk
I Need to Start a Garden feels like a private acoustic set performed in someones living room. The guitar picking is beautiful in its simplicity, accompanied with minimal percussion and soft,thoughtfully quaint lyrics. Each track is reminiscent of the last and an allusion to the next. You can read Haley;s facial expressions through her deliberate, yet organic inflections. My favorite track is probably #2; The Bug Collector, with lyrics like “theres a praying mantis prancing on your bathtub/and you swear its a priest from a past life out to get you”.
Favorite Tracks: No Face, The Bug Collector, Jo, Show You A Body, O0m Sha La La
Donovan Woods – Both Ways // folk
Both Ways is another acoustic, low key album, but a good one none the less. Donovan’s songwriting style is extremely intimate without coming off as cheesy or overly sentimental. He has the ability to write the kind of lyrics you can truly visualize and relate to. It was no surprise to learn that Woods is already an established writer down in Nashville with credits by artists such as Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham, and you can definitely hear bits of that country influence in each track.
Favorite Tracks: Good Lover, Burn That Bridge, I Ain’t Ever Loved No One, Live A Little Lie