Review: "Follow" - Joakim Lundell x JHN
Why does everything look more desirable when we know it’s not good for us? It could have to do with the rush of adrenaline we feel. Maybe we just think that if we hold onto that thing for long enough, we just might turn it into something positive. Whatever the reason, we can all agree that we are often times tempted into danger and risk. In “Follow,” Joakim Lundell and JHN team up on an upbeat dance track about staying in an unhealthy relationship.
I enjoyed the structure of the song. In the verses, the lyrics tell the listener how unhappy the two lovers are in their relationship. Once the chorus comes around, they start second guessing themselves. It builds and builds until the words, “take that leap and go, and I will follow down the darkest road ‘cause I need you close.” This line makes all the negative things in the lyrics irrelevant. In other words, the two lovers would rather be in each other’s lives with all the struggles than not at all. As for the music and instrumentation, I like how it builds with the lyrics. In verses, the music is upbeat but calm. On the other hand, the chorus has a brighter dance beat. It is almost as if this beat is illustrating the happiness of not ending the relationship.
Joakim Lundell is a Swedish singer that began his musical career in 2017. Since then, his work has acquired over 50 million streams and has been certified Platinum five times in Sweden. Moreover, many of Lundell’s singles have shot up to the top spots of Spotify Sweden’s Top 50 Playlist. The other mastermind behind this song is JHN. His Spotify bio really caught me eye. It says, “I write songs about people and hope they take the hint.” With that being said, I would not be surprised if the events in “Follow” are based on a real-life experience.
Written By Kelli Dixon