National Parks is the debut album by Hijo del Rio. It was recorded in a bedroom at frontman Tommy Read's house in Waco, TX with the help of other local musicians including Hannah Read (lomelda.com) and Ryan Pickop (ryanpickop.bandcamp.com). Their arrangements are often set to a slow meter in the hope that the songs will breath and develop. Throughout the album there are images of landscapes caught in memories woven into disoriented apologies and the occasional uncovering of hope. At moments its even pretty.
There is also a bonus track available for download (along with a video) that will be released on a split EP Hijo is doing with fellow bandmate Ryan Pickop sometime Fall 2013.
released 26 April 2013
Performed by Tommy Read, Ryan Pickop, Hannah Read, Diana Rudd, Cody Green, Janna Martindale, Paul Mitchell, and Ben Mitchell
Recorded and Mixed by Tommy Read
Mastered by Tim Jenkins at Silvershoes Studio Waco, TX
Album Artwork by Colby Crelia
Special Thanks to Kaitlyn Read, Paul Read, Tim Jenkins, and Colby Crelia for production assistance. This album wouldn't be half of what it is without their thoughtful help. And thanks to all friends and family for constant support and encouragement.
Released on Slow Divide Records
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