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R&B - Released September 18, 2020 | Columbia

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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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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2016 | Good Years Music Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2017 | Columbia

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R&B - Released April 5, 2018 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2017 | Good Years

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R&B - Released September 28, 2018 | Columbia

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R&B - Released May 1, 2020 | Columbia

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R&B - Released November 9, 2018 | Columbia

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R&B - Released July 12, 2019 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 12, 2016 | Good Years Music Limited

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R&B - Released November 21, 2020 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2016 | Good Years Music Limited

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R&B - Released June 20, 2019 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 10, 2017 | Good Years Music Limited