Today, folk-influenced male/female indie pop band The National Parks has released their new album, A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1. PRESS HERE to listen. The first half of the Provo, UT-based quartet’s two-part independent digital-only project features the singles “UFO,” “Headlights” and “Summer Bird” as well as new track “Live Til We Die,” which they have also issued an official lyric video for – PRESS HERE to watch. The National Parks will celebrate the release of A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1 tomorrow, Saturday, October 9th, when they headline their very own curated festival experience Superbloom Music Festival under the stars near Zion National Park at Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT.
“We are so excited to have our new album out in the world!" shares lead vocalist/guitarist Brady Parks. “This album is inspired by the times we are living in. The challenges can be overwhelming and all-consuming and it's easy to feel lost and alone in all of it. This album is about finding joy in the moments of life with the people we love and seeing that through the ups and downs, life is good.”
“With the album being out, that means it's time to celebrate!” Parks adds. “We wanted to start Superbloom as a celebration of life and music. A way for people to be together in a beautiful location with bands that have inspired us. This fest has been in the works for a long time, and we couldn't be more excited that it’s finally here. We'll be partying like it's the end of the world.”
A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1 follows The National Parks’ critically acclaimed 2020 album Wildflower and continues to showcase the band’s sonic evolution and Brady’s deep and heartfelt songwriting. The 8-track collection, recorded at June Audio and produced and mixed by their longtime collaborator Scott Wiley, was inspired by love and life, and chronicles the fear, joy, uncertainty, and peace that life might look like at the end of the world.
The National Parks — Brady Parks [guitar, vocals], Sydney Macfarlane [keys, vocals], Cam Brannelly [drums] and Megan Parks [violin] — first introduced the new collection this summer with the double release of “Headlights” and “Summer Bird.” The folk-tinged “Headlights,” with beautiful harmonies from Brady and Sydney, is a song about escaping chaos to be with the person you love most and trying to shut out the noise of the day for a minute to focus on the beauty of life. The track ended up sparking the inspiration for the rest of the songs featured on part 1 of the album. PRESS HERE to watch the official music video for “Headlights.” On “Summer Bird,” warm acoustic strumming and soft vocals soon opens up to a big chantable chorus of “I just want to fly away with you” amidst dreams of brighter days ahead. On A Mix For The End Of The World, The National Parks have perfected their signature style of blending folk/Americana and modern synths and drum sounds with big choruses you can’t help but chant along to, as evidenced on the cosmic love song and most recent single “UFO,” which was inspired by the first time Brady saw his now-wife, Megan. PRESS HERE to watch the official lyric video for “UFO.” Full album track listing below.
The first-ever Superbloom Music Festival officially kicks off tonight with a VIP Campfire Concert, followed by tomorrow’s all-day extravaganza featuring The National Parks headlining and performances from Yoke Lore, Joseph, Joshua James, Ellee Duke, Brother. and Arbour Season. PRESS HERE to listen to the official Superbloom 2021 Playlist on Spotify and PRESS HERE for more info on Superbloom Music Festival including set times.
Since emerging in 2013 with their introductory album Young, The National Parks have quietly grown into an independent phenomenon with roots embedded in blissful pop, cinematic electronics, organic orchestration, and rock energy. The four-piece has racked up over 150 million total streams, sold out headlining shows across the country, toured with Andy Grammer, Peter Bjorn and John and WILD, and performed at KAABOO Del Mar, SXSW and CMJ, while garnering praise and support from the likes of NPR, Paste, PopMatters, Relix, Atwood Magazine, Glide Magazine, Parade, and Substream Magazine and comparisons to The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and The Head and The Heart. Their fourth full-length album, Wildflower, featuring the singles “Waiting For Lightning,” “Wildflower,” “Time” and “I Can Feel It,” elevated The National Parks to the next level and spawned The Wildflower Podcast.
Look for A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 2 to follow in early 2022.
A MIX FOR THE END OF THE WORLD – PART 1 TRACK LISTING
1. At The End
5. Live Til We Die
8. Summer Bird