Upon hearing George Van Den Broek’s voice for the first time it is hard to believe he is just 19 years old. With raspy croons and skillful compositions, it’s as if he’s a jazz singer trapped inside a young man’s body. Van Den Broek plays under the stage name Yellow Days, which is a reference to his synesthesia – the ability to associate colours with music. Tonight he takes his unique sound to Glasgow’s Garage.
Welcomed by screams on stage, it is incredible to see such a young man amass a following that has seen almost all of his UK shows with full rooms. The hazy riff of recent single The Way Things Change fills the room before Van Den Broek writhes over the dreamy guitars and synths with lyrics “And I cry and you cry ‘cos we don’t like the way things change”.
His lyrics have perennially dealt with the stigma of mental health over the course of his short career. He painfully sings about anxiety, depression, and heartbreak whilst sounding like a mix of Tom Waits, Ray Charles, and Mac DeMarco all in one.
So Terrified of Your Own Mind is emotionally draining, as his painful lyrics about a mentally ill friend pour out over his bright blue Vox guitar. The rest of the set sees the beautiful Your Hand Holding Mine – the song that first attracted me to Yellow days – and the uplifting sounding Gap in the Clouds with wonderful opening lyrics “Oooh, all this time I was just running around / A beautiful mind between those eyes” thrashing over the relaxed synth.