National Opera releases debut EP ‘The God, The Child’

"It's about innocence lost – growing up and realising you and the world aren't who or what you want it to be, but also about holding hope that change for the better is possible through effort and love"
28 February 2024
Photo by Tom Crump

A fusion of emotion and innovation in indietronica

Leicester’s indietronica trio, National Opera, unveils their highly anticipated debut EP, ‘The God, The Child‘. This release is a pivotal moment for the group, capturing their musical evolution throughout 2023 and offering a collection that stands as their most polished and unified work to date.

Spanning four tracks, The God, The Child is an exploration of emotion through indietronica, blending precise, danceable beats with the depth of indie music. From the vibrant synths and lively rhythms of Different Place To Heal to the somber, shoegaze-infused melodies of A New Kind Of Energy and In Love, the EP presents an intricate tapestry of dream pop, indie, and dance elements.

The EP’s foundation lies in its robust electronic drum beats and an avant-garde, experimental ambiance, demonstrating the trio’s knack for marrying complex musicality with raw, heartfelt lyricism. The lead vocals, at times ethereal, add a compelling layer to the overall sound, drawing listeners into the band’s emotional landscape.

Discussing the EP, the band shares, “The God, The Child to me is about innocence lost – growing up and realising you and the world aren’t who or what you want it to be, but also about holding hope that change for the better is possible through effort and love. Sonically we’ve tried to translate that in a way that’s kind of comforting, Gary keeps describing it as cosy music and it’s definitely something like that. Music for dancing with or hugging your friends and loved ones through it all.”

Photo by Tom Crump

Since their initial foray into music with the DIY release Remember Who We Love in the summer of 2022, National Opera has seen a remarkable evolution. Beginning as a modest lockdown endeavor titled Breakfast, the group has navigated themes of identity, change, and camaraderie with poignant clarity. Garnering early praise from platforms like BBC Radio Leicester and Amazing Radio, and following successful performances from Leicester to London, including several UK festivals, the band has solidified their presence on the music scene.

The God, The Child serves as a gateway into the core of National Opera, a band consistently pushing the limits of indietronica with each lyric and melody.

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