It’s 4 AM Saturday and you turn back home by bike. Somehow tired, somehow tipsy, somehow lost. While waiting at the light to turn green, you play Yellow Days’ last album. And like this, for 35 minutes you fly back home while surfing mellow beats and slow soul blues rhythms.
It’s not hard to hear the King Krule or Joe Cocker influences on any of his songs. But George van den Broek gives his song that autumn-ish-6-pm-vibe, neither happy, neither sad, just melancholic.
Oh sometimes I just wanna run away
It’s got too much babe
I don’t even know how, but I just fell out
God I’m rude, in the abyss, I loom
So I’ll just wonder
Show them what you’re made of
Yeah, look out
I, I ain’t giving up
Not that easy, I ain’t gonna give up that easy
The kid, originally from Manchester, was around 11 when he started playing around with his new Christmas gift guitar. Now he’s 19 and he’s recording songs in his garden shed. He talks a lot about living up with depression and bad anxiety.
“ We’re all so comfortable and settled most of the time that the day to day can become hard. The EP is about people who feel that way, who just can’t quite get by. I’m a character like that and hopefully Is Everything Okay In Your World can help people recover from depression and anxiety.”
In 2016, his first EP called Harmless Melodies got out. Described as lush yet hazy instrumentals, with a very powerful, emotive singer reminiscent of Benjamin Clementine, the EP delivers the perfect soundtrack for a day without too many decisions to take.
One year later, in 2017 he delivers another album “Is everything okay in your world”: one hour, 13 songs, pure bliss, and nostalgic vibes.
“I was expecting some lo-fi hipster bullshit from the horrible cover, but Is Everything Okay In Your World? is better than it lets on. Yellow Days here presents a hypnagogic, dreamy take on soul music, kind of like if King Krule went full pop and made music for stoned afternoons instead of paranoid nights.“
Yellow Days will perform live on 13th October in Berlin @ Festsaal Kreuzberg.