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Review: "Nothing Without You" - Joe & The Anchor

Joe & The Anchor Nothing Without You Cover Art

Joe & The Anchor's latest release, Nothing Without You, is an ultra-catchy and relatable tune about unrequited love and the pain that comes with it. There is an inspiring level of depth and poeticism felt within the track's lyrics, embodied by the line "Your heart is gone but I'm still here, Swaying in your atmosphere". You can feel the romantic strife coming through your speakers as Joe & The Anchor melodically paint the picture of a heartbroken lover. By repeating the line "Sweet to love but hard to be without", the band artfully conveys the double-edged sword of falling in love – it can be the greatest feeling in the world when you're together, but when apart it can feel as if [you're] Nothing Without You.

Nothing Without You is the group's first single produced by the newest member of Joe & The Anchor, Sam Petter Claeson, and tastefully blends together a litany of different genres to create an enigmatically iconic sound. Foundationally, Nothing Without You is an amalgam of indie rock, pop, and EDM interconnected through its vintage 80s aesthetic. The track has a melancholic vibe that pairs nicely with its up-tempo instrumentation, providing listeners with a highly addictive song that's nearly impossible to skip when it comes on shuffle. Claeson knocked it out of the park with the impressive level of production he brought to this track, Joe & The Anchor surely has a hit on its hands with Nothing Without You.

Native sons of Malmo, Sweden – Joe & The Anchor is a quintet of childhood friends who joined powers to craft some truly nostalgic indie pop music reminiscent of the late 90s and early 2000s era. The group is comprised of Joakim Rosenlund, Sam Petter Claeson, Ruben Sonnesson, Robin Zhang, and Viktor Edsjo. Joe & The Anchor notably took off in popularity during the pandemic, when their cover of The 1975's hit song If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) blew up on an international scale, garnering the group a dedicated fan page in the Philippines. The group is set to perform some major shows this upcoming year, namely Victorious, Rebellion, Reading & Leeds, Live At Leeds, Twisterella, and Loud Women Festivals. Be sure to keep an eye out for the release of their 12-song album dropping on September 20, 2024.

Written By Dan Caddigan


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