yeule Shares New Single “sulky baby”

Nat Ćmiel, a.k.a. yeule, shares their first music of 2023 with the single "sulky baby" alongside announcing signing to Ninja Tune
track artwork by Neil Krug

Nat Ćmiel, a.k.a. yeule, shares their first music of 2023 with the single “sulky baby” alongside announcing signing to Ninja Tune. The track blends 2000s alt-rock and shoegaze infused with melancholic satire. yeule has described the song as a conversation with a younger version of themselves. The multidimensional artist has also shared a string of headline shows in the US and UK. The single follows the release of their celebrated 2022 album Glitch Princess.

Ćmiel keeps a collection of journals that they refer to as ‘scars’ and for “sulky baby” yeule began to sing the scribbled words of their childhood reflections aloud. It came out all in a flood with one of the pages (featured below) transforming into an early iteration of the new single. The torn pages from their journal are like torn memories highlighting the mortality of the page, crumpled and stained. The lyrics aim to romanticize their memories to ultimately find closure and healing. The single is also accompanied by a video directed by Jaxon Whittington, which visually portrays yeule confronting their childhood self.

yeule opens up about the meaning behind the song sharing,”‘sulky baby’ was like a 2000s alt-rock shoegaze hybrid tinted in sad satire. I felt like I was talking to a younger version of me, stopping her from crying, looking back at the ways I betrayed and neglected that innocence from myself. I failed to protect her and I felt like I needed to go back in time and fulfill what she was starved of. So that she could return to my side. So that I can smile like a little kid again. The song gives quite vivid descriptions of a depression I felt with almost a burning passion, yet I tried to give it a light-hearted tone. I think romanticizing is not always that bad. It helps to do it sometimes when you’re dealing with a repressed memory. I think it is called an advantaged delusion? Sometimes, that’s the only way I can remember parts of me I don’t want to remember, so that I can lay her to rest and heal. My mother used to tell me as a child, not to sulk all the time. I guess that’s why sulking is so special to me.”

yeule is a multifaceted artist across music and visual art. 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.

yeule 2023 Tour Dates:

10/10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/15 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
12/11 – London, UK @ Outernet

purchase tickets for yeule HERE


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