Eve Parker Finley 
In the End 

Self-released • 2024

Eve Parker Finley’s In the End is a compelling narrative about how every ending is the launching pad for new beginnings and possibilities.

What I find fascinating about Eve Parker Finley and her new album, In the End, is the dualities. Finley is a classically trained musician who also performs stand-up comedy. This pursuit flowed out of the viral social media videos she started making in the early days of the pandemic. She is a natural at both, displaying an instinct for timing, pacing, and the narrative ability to communicate profound emotional truths in the tidiest of bits. In the End is a musical expression of Finley’s contrasting sides, juxtaposing graceful pop songs and percolating mood and texture pieces to create a whole narrative about how every ending is the launching pad for new beginnings and possibilities.

It doesn’t get more literal than opening In the End with its title tracks (an intro and “In the End” proper), an effervescent pop tune that skirts the border between tragedy and comedy with a cheeky wink and impeccable musical chops (Finley plays most—if not all—of the album’s strings, piano, Wurlitzer, vibraphone, and sax). The early single “Fall Into Me” is a delicate and decadent slice of synth-pop fun grounded by the song’s introspective lyrical theme of doubt and uncertainty. She expertly pulls the strings to build tension through the choruses and verses, allowing the bridge to hit the high point before letting the song gently fall back into the beat. 

The song makes a slight return as the album’s penultimate reprise, ahead of the elegiac closer, “Dirge For A New World.” Ever a study in contrasts, In the End closes with a primarily instrumental composition that captures the spirit of possibilities and discoveries that come from allowing what once was to remain in the past and embracing what will be with open arms: “In The End / There’s so much space to mend / And in that space, anything is possible / Don’t tell me a lie / Just tell me how we will survive / How we will make it through being so traumatized.”

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