Like a cyborgian lullaby, Yeule’s second album, Glitch Princess, opens with a glitching monologue. “My name is Nat Ćmiel/I like to take up as little space as possible/I like sweet things, physical and consumable/I like making up my own worlds and the people who live inside me,” they stumble childishly against a gentle backdrop of MMRPG-style music. The 24-year-old Singapore-born songwriter and producer – real name Nat Ćmiel – is themselves like an IRL video game character. Oftentimes they present in elaborate, alienoid make-up with white powdery eyes, while their music – an ethereal blend of alienoid vocals, experimental shoegaze sounds, and static soundscapes – feels like entering a cyberspace of error messages and broken computer code.
On Glitch Princess, Yeule joins forces with PC Music head honcho Danny L Harle, who produced five tracks on the 13-track record. Vocal contributions by the likes of Mura Masa and Japanese rapper Tohji are welcome additions to the synthetic ambience. Spanning emo-pop to glitchcore to a mammoth four-hour ambient closer, the album is smooth and erratic, sweet and complex. An AutoTuned journey into the heart of the cyberscape.
Elsewhere, CHAI release a dreamy EP, Mitski muses about fame on her sixth album, and Saba shares a complex and melancholic third album.