YELLOW DAYS SHARES NEW SONG & VIDEO “YOU”
ANNOUNCES YELLOW DAYS RADIO
NEW ALBUM A DAY IN A YELLOW BEAT OUT SEPTEMBER 18TH VIA SONY MUSIC U.K./RCA RECORDS
PRE-ORDER: A Day in a Yellow Beat
“Yellow Days has a surreal, distant quality to it, paired with incredibly personal and honest lyrics”
“a unique sound that shines”
“George’s sound sits in a sweet spot somewhere in between jazz and R&B”
“It can take a lifetime to master the art of the blues…Yellow Days has nailed it”
[July 9, 2020 – New York, NY] Today, Yellow Days returns to share a new song and video. “You” is the latest in a string of singles Yellow Days has released over the last few months and follows “Love is Everywhere,” an enigmatic slice of sophisticated modern soul and “Treat You Right,” his first new track in almost a year. These tracks act as a precursor to his forthcoming new album, A Day in a Yellow Beat, which is now set for release on September 18th via Sony U.K./RCA Records.
“You” picks up where the jazz-influenced “Love is Everywhere,” and wistful “Treat You Right” left off. The soulful track arrives with a Kirill Kogan-animated video featuring space-age graphics and art direction reminiscent of R Crumb. George van den Broek’s patented element of modern nostalgia
cuts a line through everything Yellow Days does, be it his music or visual presentation. 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 but ultimately, Yellow Days is a project about youth.
Yellow Days is also announcing a new radio show – aptly titled Yellow Days radio – to air every Sunday at 1PM PT / 4PM ET leading up to the album release. The first episode will air this Sunday, July 12th, and feature an interview and jam session with Shirley Jones from the American R&B 70’s trio, The Jones Girls. Future guests will include Kiefer, John Caroll Kirby, Daniel Aged and Lemar, Count Bass D, Bishop Nehru, Mike Malchicoff, and the Yellow Days band. Listen to the first episode here.
A Day in a Yellow Beat is Yellow Days’ sophomore record. George is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and self-medicated auteur who has never quite fit into one style or space. 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, “Upbeat existential millennial crisis music.”
On his current musical direction, George explains: “I’m trying to brand my own version of ironic dance music full of depressing truths about feeling distant from your friends, or a sense that nothing is worth anything.” In particular he’s been diving into the ’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. He’s been staying up until 5 a.m. watching Soul Train on YouTube, and testing his falsetto. A Day in a Yellow Beat is a real-time culmination of ideas, however wild they may be.
Having previously released music produced out of his garden shed in Surrey, Yellow Days has spent a lot of time writing and recording this current wave of music 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. By overseeing the production process, George is more in charge of his own fuzzed-out, technicolor vision than ever. “This is really my first record where I can let it fucking all out,” he says.
Yellow Days remains at its heart, a project about youth. His career trajectory, which began at a very young age, has been a musical outlet for his teenage years and the complexities of transitioning into adulthood. A Day in a Yellow Beat is the culmination of this process to date; a coming of age moment as he commits a wealth of emotions into a vision that projects well beyond his garden shed and onto the global stage. Ever-evolving creatively, George is always thinking of the next steps and where his journey will go, “When I become a bit older, maybe I’m not Yellow Days anymore” At which point, he’ll most likely find himself leading the house band in a quantum disco at the edge of the universe. But until then, A Day in A Yellow Beat is coming, so settle in for the ride.
Listen to and watch “You” and pre-order A Day in a Yellow Beat above, see A Day in a Yellow Beat album art and track list below and stay tuned for more from Yellow Days coming soon.
A Day in a Yellow Beat
Sony U.K./RCA Records
September 18th, 2020
23. Love Is Everywhere