Nat Ćmiel, known in the music world as “yeule,” is a 25-year-old artist whose musical journey defies conventional genres. With a compelling discography that includes EPs like “yeule” (2014), “Pathos” (2016), and LPs such as “Serotonin II” (2019) and “Glitch Princess” (2022), yeule’s musical style seamlessly blends Electronica, Cyber-Twee, Nu-Pop, Alt-Rock, and Shoegaze.
Their latest album, “softscars” (LP, 2023), draws inspiration from a vivid metaphorical landscape — a world of “scars and rotting flowers eating away at concrete flesh, with cuts that bleed through and soak into the pores of fading memories.”
As someone with a background in fine arts, yeule’s approach to music is informed by the world-building aspects of their artistic training. From melodramatic avant-garde art movements to cybernetic theory and gender studies, their influences are as diverse as their music.
Their songs, as they describe, are a “word vomit” that narrate stories of love, desire, scars, and memories. Each track is a vivid portrayal of a specific memory, with the color of the sky on a particular day playing over and over in their mind.
It’s safe to say that yeule being a sentimental person is a huge part of their creative process. They keep an archive of videos and images, considering it a repository of “forbidden fruit,” representing memories and things that are cherished and possibly unconventional or off-limits in some way. While acknowledging the destructive and desirable nature of the internet, they emphasize the importance of utilizing it wisely.
yeule also explores dystopian music pieces. Using a blend of basic coding and DIY rigs, they create “movement-based playing fields that are sound-sensitive.” These installations replicate a room where memories are triggered by objects or scenes, creating a unique fusion of art and technology.
Living between London and Singapore has influenced yeule’s artistic expression. The impermanence of physical memories and the consistent elements in their life, such as “blue flowers” and a “black chessboard blanket,” are reflected in their art. “My expression has never changed no matter where I be. I think what I learned from it is the impermanence of it all. What stays inside remains inside, and you can get it back, perhaps differently, but I’ll still be there,” they shared.
yeule’s musical journey is shaped by a diverse range of artists and genres, from indie rock and shoegaze to film scores and experimental electronic. Their album, “Soft Scars,” is a testament to these varied influences.
In addition to their musical pursuits, yeule is delving into the realms of film and contemplating the publication of a book featuring their poetry from 2020 to the present.
As listeners are invited to explore yeule’s music, they expressed their aspirations in a creative and poetic manner:
“In a manner of speaking, I don’t understand,
How love in silence becomes reprimand,
But the way that I feel about you is
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