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Album Review: Serotonin II

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Serotonin II is the first full-length album from Yeule, an artist based in Singapore and London, who has been experimenting with dream-pop and electronica since 2012. The albums release date was October 25th, 2019.

Yeule's work is similar to what I typically reach for when I need something to fill the emptiness of a quiet space. My first time listening, that was my only expectation. I quickly realized it deserves much more than that.

Yeule's use of delicate synths and soft rhythmic beats are hypnotic and dream-like. But the album's overall presence brings more to the table than most ambient chillwave. Rather than being background noise, Serotonin II forces itself front and center and grabs the attention of the listener. "Eva" in particular is powerful in its softness and one of the most haunting yet mesmerizing tracks on the album and "Veil of Darkness" is the perfect close to the entire experience, utilizing elements similar to the chaotic and glitchy sound of Aphex Twin.

Her style, in general, is reminiscent of Alice Glass' solo work (this can especially be heard in "An Angel Held Me Like a Child" and "Poison Arrow") but Yeule's music is unique enough to stand apart from it. The unapologetic femininity of the album is a great contribution to the genre and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with.

Keep an eye on Yeule, she's got a promising future.

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