An effortlessly brilliant debut from the Bridlington duo
There’s no denying that Seafret are special. Not only are their songs finely-crafted slices of beautiful indie-folk, but they’ve already gained the support of some of the country’s biggest radio stations, and they managed to convince a certain Maisie Williams (of Game of Thrones fame) to star in one of their first music videos. After honing their craft at open-mic nights and gaining a host of support from the country’s biggest radio stations, the Bridlington-born acoustic duo decamped to the studio to work on their debut album. The result is Tell Me It’s Real, and it’s an album that’s a stand-out from the moment it begins.
The record kicks off with Missing. A full-bodied track, bursting with melancholic soul and the sweet sound of Jack Sedman’s waxing vocal tone. There are very few bands out there who have the ability to write lyrics that begin circling around your subconsciousness from the first listen, but Missing’s longing refrain of ‘give me something to live for, give me something to die for’ are guaranteed to be echoing in your ears long after the song has finished.
Another Seafret standout would have to be Wildfire. A truly beautiful song, and one that comes complete with yet another set of deep and meaningful lyrics, Wildfire’s harmonious tone and careful mixing of Sedman’s soulful prowess with Harry Draper’s impressively infectious chugging guitar is magical, and nothing short of perfection. The track is accompanied by what can only be described as a truly beautiful music video – you can check it out at the bottom of the page, but what we will say is that the track effortlessly flows around the storyline of the video, and it’s little wonder that it’s proven to be a resounding success with Seafret fans.
A particularly poignant part of the record is To The Sea. Featuring the exceptionally talented Rosie Carney, the combination of Jack and Rosie’s voices and styles is positively beautiful, with impressive harmonies allowing Stedman to showcase a dash of his effortless vocal flair. It’s a raw and multi-dimensional track, and it’s one of our highlights of the album.
2016 is certainly set to be a busy year for this talented duo. They’ve crafted an album full of songs that somehow manage to be both highly expansive and strikingly intimate, and they’ve all got more than a pinch of Seafret’s uniqueness running through them. They’ve got several UK live dates planned for February, and we urge you to check them out – they won’t be playing in venues this small for long.