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A Day in a Yellow Beat

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The perplexing, often fun, and certainly lengthy A Day in a Yellow Beat from British oddball George van den Broek is both an ambitious leap of faith and a journey of playful self-indulgence. Known professionally as Yellow Days, the 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist certainly isn't lacking in confidence, offering up as his sophomore release (and major-label debut) a hefty double-album's worth of wonky faux-soul, indie synth-funk, and sampledelic bedroom pop, all deeply rooted in the 1960s and '70s. Much like Mac DeMarco did for that era's soft rock, Yellow Days sets his D.I.Y. sights on an amalgam of vintage R&B, jazz, funk, and soul, which he ties together in groovy, warped tracks that range from long multi-part jams to brief skits sampling a mix of ironically "square" PSA-type characters and legitimate heroes like Ray Charles. Forgoing the creature comforts of his home studio/shed, van den Broek headed to sunny Los Angeles where he teamed up with an eclectic cast of collaborators including DeMarco, New York rapper Bishop Nehru, and veteran Detroit soul singer Shirley Jones of Jones Girls fame. Beneath its busy beats and feel-good funk cheer teems a roiling undercurrent of angst and existential anxiety adding to the record's slightly off-kilter feel. Even on standouts like "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Let's Be Good to Each Other," it's hard to tell if van den Broek is joking, paying homage, or expressing himself with supreme earnestness. Likely it's a bit all three, which can make absorbing his music a bit tricky. Still, that's part of Yellow Days' enigma and whatever his angle, he's got talent to spare. At 23 tracks, there's a little something for everyone and despite its length, A Day in a Yellow Beat is not without its rewards.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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1
Intro
00:02:34

LeMar Carter, Composer, Lyricist, Drums - Daniel Aged, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Blue May, Producer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2
Be Free
00:04:04

LeMar Carter, Composer, Lyricist, Drums - Daniel Aged, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Blue May, Producer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Walters, Composer, Lyricist - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vibraphone, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

3
Let You Know
00:03:48

LeMar Carter, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Aged, Composer, Lyricist - Blue May, Producer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luca Caruso, Drums - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vibraphone, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

4
(The Outsider)
00:00:25

Mike Malchicoff, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

5
Who's There?
00:04:22

Shirley Jones, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Nathan Allen, Drums - Blue May, Producer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Alex Bonfanti, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger - Yellow Days feat. Shirley Jones, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

6
Getting Closer
00:05:02

Shirley Jones, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Nathan Allen, Drums, Percussion - Blue May, Producer, Guitar - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Alex Bonfanti, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vibraphone, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

7
Come Groove (Interlude)
00:02:59

Nathan Allen, Drums - Blue May, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Walters, Composer, Lyricist, Trumpet - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

8
Keep Yourself Alive
00:04:31

John Kirby, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Marion Ross III, Composer, Lyricist, Trumpet - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luca Caruso, Drums - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

9
Open Your Eyes
00:04:34

Shirley Jones, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Blue May, Producer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Alex Bonfanti, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Walters, Composer, Lyricist, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger - Milo Goldsmith, Drums - Yellow Days feat. Shirley Jones & Nick Walters, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

10
!
00:01:30

Blue May, Mixing Engineer - Nate Fox, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Bishop Nehru, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Taylor Morrow, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Vocal, Performance Arranger - Yellow Days feat. Bishop Nehru, AssociatedPerformer - Markel Ni'Jee Scott, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

11
(Pot Party)
00:00:35

Mike Malchicoff, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

12
Keeps Me Satisfied
00:04:37

Blue May, Producer, Bass - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luca Caruso, Drums - Nick Walters, Composer, Lyricist, Trumpet - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Vibraphone, Bass, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

13
You
00:04:06

Blue May, Producer - Marion Ross III, Trumpet - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Performance Arranger - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vibraphone, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

14
(What Goes Up Must Come Down)
00:00:52

Mike Malchicoff, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

15
The Curse
00:05:05

LeMar Carter, Composer, Lyricist, Drums - John Kirby, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Daniel Aged, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Blue May, Producer - Mac Demarco, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocal - Yellow Days feat. Mac Demarco, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

16
Let's be Good to Each Other
00:03:05

John Kirby, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Abe Rounds, Drums - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocal, Performance Arranger - Hector Clark, Bass

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

17
Whatever You Wanna Do
00:05:03

Marion Ross III, Composer, Lyricist, Trumpet - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Alex Bonfanti, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luca Caruso, Drums - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vibraphone, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

18
Something Special (Interlude)
00:04:00

Nathan Allen, Drums - Blue May, Producer - Mike Malchicoff, Mixing Engineer - Alex Bonfanti, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

19
So Lost
00:03:16

Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger, Vibra-Slap

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

20
I Don't Mind
00:04:59

LeMar Carter, Composer, Lyricist, Drums - John Kirby, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Daniel Aged, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocal, Performance Arranger

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

21
(Mature Love)
00:00:32

Mike Malchicoff, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Programmer, Performance Arranger - Oliver Cadman, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

22
Treat You Right
00:04:21

LeMar Carter, Composer, Lyricist, Drums - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer - John Kirby, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Daniel Aged, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Mike Malchicoff, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Vibraphone, Vocal

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

23
Love Is Everywhere
00:03:24

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer - Marion Ross III, Trumpet - Mike Malchicoff, Mixing Engineer - Dave Rosser, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Yellow Days, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George van den Broek, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocal - Nick Earholtz, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Album Description

The perplexing, often fun, and certainly lengthy A Day in a Yellow Beat from British oddball George van den Broek is both an ambitious leap of faith and a journey of playful self-indulgence. Known professionally as Yellow Days, the 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist certainly isn't lacking in confidence, offering up as his sophomore release (and major-label debut) a hefty double-album's worth of wonky faux-soul, indie synth-funk, and sampledelic bedroom pop, all deeply rooted in the 1960s and '70s. Much like Mac DeMarco did for that era's soft rock, Yellow Days sets his D.I.Y. sights on an amalgam of vintage R&B, jazz, funk, and soul, which he ties together in groovy, warped tracks that range from long multi-part jams to brief skits sampling a mix of ironically "square" PSA-type characters and legitimate heroes like Ray Charles. Forgoing the creature comforts of his home studio/shed, van den Broek headed to sunny Los Angeles where he teamed up with an eclectic cast of collaborators including DeMarco, New York rapper Bishop Nehru, and veteran Detroit soul singer Shirley Jones of Jones Girls fame. Beneath its busy beats and feel-good funk cheer teems a roiling undercurrent of angst and existential anxiety adding to the record's slightly off-kilter feel. Even on standouts like "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Let's Be Good to Each Other," it's hard to tell if van den Broek is joking, paying homage, or expressing himself with supreme earnestness. Likely it's a bit all three, which can make absorbing his music a bit tricky. Still, that's part of Yellow Days' enigma and whatever his angle, he's got talent to spare. At 23 tracks, there's a little something for everyone and despite its length, A Day in a Yellow Beat is not without its rewards.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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