“I watch you on twitch,” screams a male fan as an eruption of praise fills the room.
Twitch you say – Welcome to the world of Glitch Princess and art house/ anime apocalyptic cyber pop artist, Nat Ćmiel also known as Yeule. Wow that was a mouthful.
On a quiet Saturday night in Los Angeles, Singaporean born star, Nat Ćmiel, sold out The Echo for a weekend filled with fantasy binding sounds with opener With Feeling.
For starters , as soon as I walked into the venue, With Feeling, a New York based sonic duo consisting of Michele Yue and Alex Jacobs, I was transported from Sunset Blvd to a Brooklyn warehouse party. Yue and Jacobs merge musical genres with a natural approach for them. The music led them in their decisions and the crowd energetically appreciated the experimental atmosphere.
When Yeule graced the stage and the green stage lights cascaded across them, the crowd metaphorically exchanged their concert tickets for a live game demo of Yeule’s Final Fantasy. We are now in the metaverse friends and it’s cooler than you could imagine.
Yeule is incredible beyond belief. I know this is a review, but I want to preface that.
Taking their stage name after the video game character, they command the stage in a way that effortlessly keeps you engaged from the moment they step on stage to the moment they leave. There is this fluidity to their movements that mimic a butterfly’s wings and the elegance of a prima ballerina, but with the hellfire of the Silent Hill nurses.
When they performed fan favorites “Don’t Be So Hard on Your Own Beauty” and “Too Dead Inside,” I watched as fans faces filled with joy and at that moment I wished I was an animator and not a photojournalist. The joy and awe in each person’s eye reminds me of Chibi’s and Animal Crossing characters.
Yeule might make niche music to some, but seeing them perform in-person will open skeptics ears and eyes to a world of music that they are unfamiliar with. Yeule is only 24 years young and I believe they are going to make waves that disrupt the indie music and digital scene in years to come.
If you are’t familiar with experimental pop or glitch pop, I would highly recommend taking a listen to Yeule’s Glitch Princess album. Thank Me Later.
Photos & Words by Asha Moné