It’s not very often that optimism meets soul, but that’s the very formula working on Haley Parvin’s debut release, One Eye Open. On the seven tracks, Parvin maximizes her powerhouse voice, which is young but with a mature ache in all the right places. She warbles, she lilts, she unfurls the lyrics she penned herself.
Parvin, a Wisconsin native, has been taking lessons, performing, and writing songs for years now, placing as a finalist in the Overture Center’s Rising Stars her senior year of high school (for a smoky rendition of “House of the Rising Sun”). But no amount of lessons or practice can give a musician that indefinable edge, the talent that feels simultaneously intimate and stratospheric. You may be listening to Haley Parvin from your living room, but she’s singing from your solar plexus.