The Yousaf sisters that make up the controversial trio-turned-duo Krewella are finally back with their follow up to 2013’s Get Wet. Their new EP, Ammunition, lives up to its name and is fully loaded with six powerful tracks that pack in a punch. Filled with emotions of the past several years, this EP from start to finish shows maturity from their Play Hard days both musically and lyrically. If you can put all of your opinions about their ability to make music aside and listen with open ears, you can’t help but admit that this EP is a stellar release.
Starting off with their first single “Beggars,” the Yousaf’s show they aren’t messing around with a “no-fucks-given” attitude in a song that shows they don’t care what people think about them anymore. Featuring fellow producer Diskord, this is a trap heavy song with a massive breakdown, in-your-face vocals, and an Evanescence vibe to it. It’s catchy, captivates the Krewella brand well, and serves as an anthem for all those that have ever been pushed over the edge.
“Broken Record” takes on a much different tone than the first track, beginning with softer vocals in a semi-ballad fashion and a minimal production style. Telling a tale about giving up on someone important, this song pulls your emotions in the opposite direction from “Beggars.” Infusing their self-recorded pop melody vocals into their bass music, the sister producers make a smooth, yet hard tune with a message.
“Marching On” has a similar feel as “Broken Record,” but adds on a new level of creativity in its musical style with tribal beats and off-beat claps. Once again delivering a powerful message through the lyrics, by the third track of the EP you notice that Krewella have moved on from writing songs about partying and instead developed a deeper meaning through their lyrics. The line, “Fear is the end of love / don’t tell me that you’re given up” is a much more mature and powerful lyric than Play Hard’s “I can play hard / Catch me at the bar / you fuckin’ with a star ’cause I can play hard.”
“Surrender the Throne” begins with a guitar solo, continues with a authoritative vocal, and meets the chorus of the track with a drum and bass beat. Having never delved into the bass sub-genre before, the producers kill it with their first attempt and make a DnB beat that any basshead should be able to get down to.
The title track “Ammunition,” also begins with a guitar, blends with a slowed down trap beat, and gets more sultry in tone than anything else on the album. The vocals really make this track what it is, as the two ladies synchronize with melody/harmony roles and give it their all with every word they sing.
“Can’t Forget You,” is perhaps the pop-iest song on the six piece EP, again straying in another direction from anything else we’ve heard, yet managing to wrap up the end of it perfectly. By this point, anyone with ears can conclude that the ladies have grown immensely since their Play Hard days and prove that they can indeed make amazing music.
All negative opinions aside, there is no denying the talent that still exists in this group. Ammunition proves that Jahan and Yasmine can write music, produce it, and on top of that provide their own vocals, something that the majority of producers do not do. Don’t feed into the mob mentality and give these six songs an unbiased listen: you’ll find that the core of Krewella never went anywhere.