Enchanting sounds twinkle in and out of my ear drums while I try to figure out what kind of song is about to hit me. Then a magical sample of Charles Bukowski mysteriously opens with the electronic beats:
Then Tame Impala vibes drop as George van den Broek’s, aka Yellow Days, bluesy voice complements the heart throbbing lyrics about leaving the one he loves for the last time. A Little While is just one of the seven songs off his new EP, Harmless Melodies, that has me listening to the ever relatable and soothing album right when I wake up in the morning.
I look back at my 17-year-old self and have flashbacks of bumping shitty pop music in my little red Beetle thinking 17 was the most invincible age yet. Now almost 23, I click play to a new album Spotify suggested to me on this frigid Monday morning—it’s 17-year-old George van den Broek’s soulful voice hypnotizing me into his Harmless Melodies EP. At only 17, he writes honest lyrics and haunting melodies that I can relate to as a mid-20s soul. What a beautiful breath of fresh air to see a young, talented human already writing about the honesty of the hectic world we live in. He is a fascinating combination of King Krule meets Tame Impala with soul and jazz feels accompanying his raw lyrics. Not only does he reel you in with his unique sound, but his choice of samples he uses in his Intro track and A Little While are what impressed me. In the Intro track, he uses a snippet of a John Cleese lecture explaining that creativity comes from the unconscious mind. His use of sampling show the inspiration he uses from other outlets of art to create his passionate pieces. George is an artist with depth and honesty that is going to catch many people’s attention as he continues to grow.
–Gap in the Clouds, Yellow Days