Getting Lost In The Folk Pop Of The National Parks
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I'll be the first to admit that a single titled "Ba Ba Ra" -- featuring said syllables sung as a sing-along background to the track itself -- makes me think of the Beach Boy's "Barbara Ann." The songs sound nothing alike, but "Ba ba" repeated in a song is part of the foundation of popular American music. That The National Parks are able to overcome that mental association and craft their song "Ba Ba Ra" -- which we're premiering -- as a track and sound that's all their own is a testament to their folk-pop songcraft.

The obvious comparison to make with The National Parks is to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero or Mumford & Sons, but that misses on how much more modern the National Parks feel to those more old-fashioned roots act. The National Parks has a bigger, poppier sound with just enough of a hint of sparse electronic influences to set them apart from the roots crowd. Check out "Ba Ba Ra," and leave your Beach Boys first reactions at the door.

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