Yellow Days c’est « le prisme brumeux par lequel observer la vie, pour la rendre plus confuse, éthérée, émotionnelle, et survivre dans un monde comme le nôtre. » Hors du temps, la voix soul de Georges Van Den Broek contraste avec son jeune âge. Tout droit sorti de la campagne anglaise, il chante et compose une musique émouvante avec des notes de blues et un esprit lo-fi. Sur scène, le groupe installe une aura sombre mais chaleureuse.

Et alors qu’il prépare son nouvel album, son son continue de se déformer, tandis que ses mots creusent plus profondément dans le malaise moderne et la santé mentale. Son second album A day in a Yellow Beat sortira le 18 septembre 2020. Sur ce nouvel album, l’inspiration vient d’une plongée profonde dans les années 70: l’époque des fusions de Herbie Hancock et Quincy Jones, les phases les plus funky de Marvin Gaye et Curtis Mayfield, et la magie du clavier de Don Blackman et Weldon Irvine.


Yellow Days is a project about youth — those sideways times when one’s place in the world is fairly guaranteed but little understood, where drugs and love and anxiety and opportunity meld into a sweaty-sweet haze, and all you can do is huff it and press on until clarity comes. Yellow Days is also George van den Broek, a young man with an old soul and the voice to match. His music, fittingly, feels both of his era and completely other: a woozy mixture of soul, blues, psych, and groove leaking through the walls of a jazz lounge that’s come unstuck in time. Although, to be fair, he writes the stuff in his parents’ garden shed in a Southern England suburb when he’s not in California working with a host of similarly talented musicians. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist and self-medicated auteur, George has never fit into one style or space. And as he readies his new album, his sound continues to warp funky, while his words dig deeper into modern malaise and mental health. It is, as he says with a chuckle, « Upbeat existential millennial crisis music. »

‘A Day in a Yellow Beat’ is Yellow Days’ sophomore record and his first for Columbia.
On this new album, inspiration comes from a deep-dive into ’70s: fusion-era works of Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, the funkier phases of Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, and the keyboard wizardry of Don Blackman and Weldon Irvine.

For this new album Yellow Days spent a lot of time writing and recording in LA with a whole host of incredible artists and musicians – many of whom have / still play for the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Frank Ocean, Weldon Irvine, Kanye West. In doing so, George has taken it back to a more traditional way of making music – from hand-picking the collaborators, selecting the perfect studio setting to recording everything on analogue, vintage gear; all of which has vastly enhanced the sound Yellow Days is now capable of creating and he is sure to translate that sound impeccably to a live setting as he projects his vision for this album onto the global stage.