Singapore-born, London-based artist Nat Ćmiel, a.k.a yeule, announces their new album Glitch Princess due February 4th, 2022 via Bayonet Records. Glitch Princessopens a channel to the in-between spaces: error messages and broken computer code, what it is to be conceptually manifested and the curation of the aesthete. Glitch Princess is the undiluted excerpt of a downpour of emotions following Ćmiel’s experiences with sobriety – a redirection of chaotic energy into verse and the opportunity to confront their own vices.
Along with the album announcement, yeule shares the lead single and video “Don’t Be So Hard On Your Own Beauty.” Directed by Joy Song, the video sees yeule flexing their skills as an artist of many mediums, dancing through a labyrinth of saturated pink, purple and green landscapes. To capture the off-kilter nature of the video, yeule learned to sing the lyrics to the song backwards as part of the choreography.
On Glitch Princess soothing un-melodies rest comfortably among the jagged edges of feedback loops. Video game scores, experimental shoegaze sounds, alien-like pitched vocals, and ethereal whispers come together to build a complex underworld with the occasional erratic dance beat to guide users deeper into the fever dream. It is an album of in-between spaces, straddling sweetness and death, with the understanding that the two will always be tied to each other.
yeule is a multifaceted artist across music, visual arts, acting and dance and Glitch Princess follows their recent four hour and forty-four minute sonic collaboration with Danny L Harle “The Things They Did For Me Out Of Love” and their celebrated debut album Serotonin II praised by Dazed as “mesmerizing”. The yeule project was fabricated by Ćmiel to act as a portal or rift which allows them to communicate their art to the outside world, while still being protected within their inner shell. yeule was constructed as a manifesto of Ćmiel’s own identity, where they have always had access to multiple avatars and the freedom to change or contort at will — solace through embodying mutable, chameleon-like multiplicities. The yeule project exists to store fragments of their reality, dreams, and inner state — an external memory device, a brain or emotional center that exists independently of its creator. yeule is inviting us to transcend into a post-human world where expression is no longer bound by identity, but rather we are free to assemble ourselves along lines of affinity. A future where our assigned gender is no longer relevant, where we can congregate with whoever we are drawn to, regardless of our prior designations.