Haley Heynderickx’s astonishing debut album was named I Need to Start a Garden as a way for her to search for calm in times of uncertainty and upheaval. You get that sense of tranquillity when you listen to it – gently floating over soft acoustic guitar, Heynderickx’s voice ranges from sultry to operatic, immediately recalling the best folk music of the ’60s and ‘70s.
Yet there’s also a tenacity to her voice which might explain why she’s described her sound as “doom folk”. Like Joan Baez, Connie Converse, and Vashti Bunyan before her, her songs are at one moment delicate and playful, at another they break your heart with their existential pondering. It’s that balance which brings warmth and humour to mesmerising tracks like “Untitled God Song.”