Los Angeles, CA – May 15, 2020 – As they gear up for the release of their fourth full-length album Wildflower on June 19th, folk-influenced indie pop band The National Parks have released new single “Waiting For Lightning.” PRESS HERE to stream/download the folky song about waiting for your chance, that showcases the group’s male/female soothing harmonies. PRESS HERE to watch the official lyric video, which first premiered with Atwood Magazine, who hailed “Waiting For Lightning” a “dazzling new injection of hope and possibility” and declared its “wide-eyed musical fire” as “yet another anthem” from The National Parks.
“‘Waiting For Lightning’ was a song that started pouring out of me late one night,” explains lead vocalist/guitarist Brady Parks. “I remember sitting in my room with my guitar and this visual of lightning kept coming to my mind. At its core, this song is about feeling like you are waiting for something so rare and spectacular. It’s about setting the fear of the unknown aside and stepping out into the storm. It’s about holding on despite challenges that arise. We hope this song can be a reminder to hold on to hope and to not let go of the things that matter most to you.”
The male/female quartet – Brady Parks [guitar, vocals], SydneyMacfarlane [keys, vocals], Cam Brannelly [drums] and Megan Parks [violin] – bloom like never before on their aptly titled independent new studio album, Wildflower, the follow-up to their 2017 release Places. The 15-track collection, produced and mixed by longtime collaborator Scott Wiley, features the band’s best songwriting to date and a variety of sounds and styles, as well as a lot of heart, as evidenced by the title track “Wildflower” (PRESS HEREto listen and watch the official music video) and previously released single “Time,” which urges for patience and perseverance through struggle (PRESS HERE to watch the video, the visual continuation from the “Wildflower” video). PRESS HERE to pre-orderWildflower; album and bundle packages are also available. Full track listing below.
In celebration of Wildflower, The National Parks recently launched The Wildflower Podcast, with each episode highlighting a song from the forthcoming album via in-depth stories and sounds to showcase how it was written, created, and produced. PRESS HERE to listen to the episodes about “Wildflower” and “Time,“ with more to come leading up to the album’s release date.
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 Provo, UT-based band has racked up over 90 million total streams, sold out headlining shows, 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 and Substream Magazine and comparisons to The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and The Head and The Heart.
WILDFLOWER TRACK LISTING
4. Waiting For Lightning
5. Blue Moonlight
6. War Cry
7. Mother Nature
11. Painted Sky
12. I Can Feel It
14. Mad Men
15. Many Moons
MEDIA PRAISE FOR THE NATIONAL PARKS
“The National Parks play anthemic indie-folk as boundless as their name would suggest.” – Paste
National Parks] are shooting for mass appeal with their alt/mainstream offerings ala Head and the Heart and The Lumineers.” – Glide Magazine
“The National Parks reach for uplifting new heights.” – PopMatters
“Recent singles ‘Wildflower’ and ‘Time’ find them deftly blending gorgeous vocal harmonies with catchy, moving melodies that fit just right, and hit home with emotional fortitude.”
– Atwood Magazine
“‘Wildflower’ successfully mixed multiple types of music genres into one song…we honestly can’t get enough of these guys!” – The Honey Pop
“[The National Parks’] music delightfully lives in the intersection of poignant folk, anthemic rock, and harmony-laden pop” – Mother Church Pew