Around his emergence back in 2016, George Van Den Broek’s Yellow Days sat at the mellow edges of indie, mixing a hazy, lo-fi singer-songwriter aesthetic with jazzy inflections; think Mac DeMarco taking on blue-eyed soul. And while the Canadian troublemaker does, in fact, make an appearance on the Surrey songwriter’s second, it’s the flip side of his sound that takes centre-stage on ‘A Day In A Yellow Beat’: it’s a jazz deep-dive. There are sampled, spoken-word interludes (“The trippers, the grasshoppers, the hip ones, all gathered in secrecy, and flying high as a kite” goes ‘(Pot Party)’ as if you required any hint as to where George’s head might be); further guest spots from noted UK trumpeter Nick Walters and American R&B singer Shirley Jones. And while it does quickly blend into one long - and at 24 tracks, it is long - medley - he’s created a heady, vibey, dare we say it - groovy - mood.
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