Sometimes when a creative surge hits, it hits hard. Such was the case with Brady Parks, who was inspired to start writing The National Parks’ fifth album 8th Wonder without ever really letting up. “I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he shares. “I felt like a lightning bolt of inspiration had hit me, and I was scared that if I stopped writing the inspiration would stop. I wrote a song every day during those two weeks, finishing one and immediately starting on the next.”
The record is anchored by its awe-struck, folk-pop title track, which sees Parks and his partner/bandmate Megan harmonizing on a chorus ascribing each other as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. “It’s a love song about someone who continually takes your breath away and makes life feel bigger whenever you’re with them,” Brady continues. “This song has stood out to us since the day I sent over a demo to the band. It’s been amazing to watch it grow as we all added to it in the studio, and it’s a song that we are so excited to have out in the world.
“And fun fact,” he adds. “I included all of the Seven Natural Wonders in the lyrics, can you spot them all?”
Take on the challenge below, and expect 8th Wonder to arrive March 3.