yeule, the project of singer-songwriter and producer Nat Ćmiel, has signed to Ninja Tune. To celebrate the news, they’ve shared their first single of 2023, ‘sulky baby’, along with a video directed by Jaxon Whittington. Check it out below.
“‘sulky baby’ was like a 2000s alt-rock shoegaze hybrid tinted in sad satire,” yeule explained in a statement. “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,” they continued. “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 released their latest album, Glitch Princess, last year.