Despite never really matching the runaway success of their collaboration with Charli XCX, I Love It, Icona Pop are still going strong with their music. Emergency is the second previously unheard single to be released following their album, This Is… Icona Pop, and from the looks of things they’ve decided to change it up a bit.
Emergency is also a lot less straightforward than their other songs. The majority of the song features nothing but a simple piano loop and drum beat, with the only dance elements coming in for the pre-chorus and the ‘drop’ after the chorus itself, while the chorus features nothing but piano and guest vocalist Erik Hassle’s singing. The drop also brings a purposefully out of tune brass instrument over the top to give it a sense of a hook.
It’s an initially strange song, and takes a while to get used to. It’s got an upbeat party vibe in both the lyrics and the signature shouting vocals of group members Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, but feels less like an Icona Pop song than anything before with its less electronic sound.
But once you get used to it, it’s definitely as fun to listen to as any of their party anthems. Emergency isn’t a groundbreaking song from the duo, but the brass-backed drop and the ridiculously peppy instrumental are enough to make it interesting.