Indie newcomers National Opera share the intricate, thoughtful and beautifully constructed new single ‘The Scenic Self.’
Characterised by a dynamic fusion of sharp, occasionally club-friendly electronica and rich indie tendencies, ‘The Scenic Self’ perfectly encapsulates the band’s signature sound, featuring intricate guitar lines, twinkling piano melodies, spacious synthesisers, and driving electronic drums. All of this provides the backdrop for the commanding, melancholic vocals and introspective, often prescient lyricism.
The band’s sound draws comparisons to the likes of Everything Everything and Radiohead (with a hint of Delphic for anyone who remembers them), the single is a testament to their ceaseless creativity while maintaining a commercial edge that has resonates throughout.
Vocalist Jack Cahill offers insight into the song’s concept, stating, “‘The idea of ‘The Scenic Self’ is a bit of a play on words, kind of like how you might take the scenic route to a destination. ‘The Scenic Self’ is about how the world around you shapes who you are. Places you’ve been, interactions you’ve had, regrets, forgotten friends – it’s all a path which ultimately molds you for the better.”
National Opera’s musical journey began with the self-release of their DIY debut album, ‘Remember Who We Love,’ in the summer of 2022. Originally conceived as a small lockdown project under the name ‘Breakfast,’ the album delves into the band’s experiences with identity, change, and friendship. The trio quickly garnered acclaim, receiving airtime on BBC Radio Leicester among others. They’ve also played to sold-out audiences in Leicester and London, in addition to making appearances at various UK festivals.
As National Opera continues to craft expansive, genre-defying soundscapes, the trio heads into the end of 2023 with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. With ‘The Scenic Self’ as their latest offering, the band is poised for the acclaim that is undoubtedly headed their way.