Scottish five-piece Jakil are back with Unforgivable, a synth-driven toe-tapper that showcases the band’s ear for a melody. It’s a delicious slice of shimmering indie-pop that bounces from verse to hook with melodic aplomb. The Edinburgh natives have spent years carving out their own brand of sugary, sophisticated pop music – and the new track’s a glowing example.
From the get-go, Unforgivable is full of energy, demonstrating a band rooted in live performance. “We’ve always loved our pop music tight, loud and live so that’s exactly what we set out to be,” said the band. “Performing live is our favourite part of it all and working with Jamie Snell (NAO, Little Boots, Maverick Sabre), he’s been able to inject the unashamed fun from all our live sets into the recordings.”
“Unforgivable is an ode to everyone who’s desperately tried to right a wrong with a lover. Whether that be racing to the airport to stop someone leaving forever or holding a boombox above your head in the pouring rain outside their bedroom window.”
Despite the subject matter bordering on the lovelorn, fun is exactly what the track is. It’s an up-tempo toe-tapper, that’d be equally at home on the radio as it would a weeknight indie disco. Jakil are a musical collective best enjoyed on your feet, and Unforgivable begs you to get up and dance. It’s a short, sharp bust of excellently constructed pop music.
Words by Niall Flynn