Joe And The Anchor

FRESH: ‘Lou Lou’ – Joe & The Anchor

Joe & The Anchor release “Lou Lou”

Swedish band Joe & The Anchor have just released their gorgeous new single, “Lou Lou”, half piano ballad, half sweeping, down-tempo pop song with tender vocals and an emotional hook. “Lou Lou” song explores lost love and the complicated feelings that emerge with it. The band tell us: “’Lou Lou’ alludes to a charming obsession that sometimes arises after an intense but short-lived love affair has ended. The feeling of not having had the chance to fully explore what could have been”.

Joakim Rosenlund, Viktor Edsjö, Robin Zhang and Ruben Sonesson have been recording since 2014 but having originally started as an indie rock band, took a dramatic change of direction in 2018 as a pop band with R&B influences with “Lou Lou” their third release of 2020, coming after the funky “Get The Vibe” and the OneRepublic sounding “So Bad”. All three will feature on the groups upcoming EP, “Blue”, their first collection of new songs since their ‘debut’ album, “Antidote”, was released last year.

Joe & The Anchor have become a strong live band having experience different stage audiences with both brands of musical direction they have so far delivered. These attributes have resulted in the group acquiring a growing and dedicated fan base, who call themselves ‘Sailors’ (there are even those who have even gone so far as tattooing Joe & The Anchor`s symbol!). With strong lyrics and a stripped modern production that despite the theme gives a hopeful feeling, Joe & The Anchor deliver their most accomplished song to date with “Lou Lou”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!