So many bands want to be significant. They want to push a narrative that they are heirs to iconic figures in their respective genres capable of scaling or even surpassing the same musical, vocal, and lyric heights their heroes and heroines reached. So few are content with merely entertaining listeners. Everything has to be framed as a personal statement or the natural evolution of their talents. Un5gettable isn’t selling any such thing. The Midwestern based quintet peddles a very specific sort of product – top shelf musical quality married with comedic lyrical themes. Their primary aim is entertaining audiences and listeners. Un5gettable isn’t about making a bold artistic statement. This is music about small moments, life’s unexpected twists and turns, and the romantic pratfalls capable of undoing us all. Un5gettable gives all of these things a smile and likable shrug embodied through their direct lyrics and winning musical arrangement. Their new single “Sorry” is their most complete effort yet and is one of the year’s most entertaining indie single releases.
Melody is the foundation. The vocal and instrumental melodies play off well against one another without one mode achieving outright dominance. Un5gettable’s vocal melody swirls, swings, and weaves around the contrasting piano melody with acoustic guitar fleshing things out. There’s no rhythm section powering the track, but the absence doesn’t affect its quality. “Sorry” wafts by with light-footed grace and never abrades the listener. There’s a supreme stylishness about the way it moves and it comes out of the band with loose, amiable atmosphere. The song’s structure is another important element in the song’s success. The song sounds completely organic instead of constructed or excessively plotted out and the likely secret to that effect is thanks to the lean arrangement and the lack of any self-indulgence.
The vocals are superb. The arrangement relies much more on multi-part harmonies than solo lines, but the decision makes those moments when individual vocalists take a turn mean all that much more. It’s the lynchpin on which everything turns. A big part of its final impact is the band’s across the board talent for phrasing – they do a terrific job of dramatizing the humorous events in the lyrics without ever milking them too hard for a reaction. The writing has a strong narrative quality while still relying, perhaps excessively, on familiar comedic tropes, but it’s all redeemed. Main songwriter Joe Cameron has a way of contrasting the specific with the familiar in a way that freshens up things.
This is a high quality release with immense musical and entertainment value. It’s no big deal if Un5gettable isn’t looking to remake the wheel or leave a scratch on the wall of oblivion. Instead, they want to make us laugh, forget about our troubles for a while, and hear about the funny misfortunes of anyone but ourselves. Un5gettable are talented, confident, and their newest single “Sorry” will make a positive impression on many.