Album Review: Seafret – Tell Me It’s Real

By on Tuesday, 19th January 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

With a name like Seafret, it’s impossible to not visualise the dictionary definition of the term when you listen to the band. With the word defined as “a mist coming in from sea”, the music created by Bridlington duo Jack Sedman and multi-instrumentalist Harry Draper is as close as you will get to a sonic visualisation of this term. With beautifully constructed tracks that coast between acoustic and electronic, while adding in soft arrangements of strings and pounding drums, they reach deep down and stir the rawest emotion from even the most passive of listener. Further, Sedman has a voice that pulls every ounce of emotion he can from the words he sings, while sounding mildly similar to that of Yannis Phillipakis from Foals, only if he decided to take things a little bit easier.

First track ‘Missing’ is a good premise to the rest of the album. Odes to love and those that bring it, although this sounds repetitive, the way it’s portrayed draws you in and brings out a new thought or feeling each time. Beginning with a gentle, soothing piano line that eventually becomes the backing to Sedman’s singing, it’s both tender and enveloping. Once the chorus hits, the track becomes a different beast entirely, with a wall of soft synth pads creating a thickened rhythm to match the gaining tempo that eventually crescendos near the end of the song.

Our first introduction to Seafret came with the EP ‘Give Me Something’ and the more recently released ‘Oceans’ EP, both of whose content feature here. ‘Give Me Something’ reaches more toward the acoustic side of the spectrum with more synth pads and a muted beat to create a more substantial sound that contains ever-growing life. ‘Oceans’ is the song form of its title: a vast, open track where Draper utilises minor uses of mandolin, which when drenched in reverb, brings together the louder and quieter moments. There’s even oceanic sound effects just in case their efforts to create the musical equivalent aren’t enough for you.

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‘There is a Light’ is a strangely optimistic song. Instead of the yearning and retrospectives dealt to us in the rest of the record, it takes on the viewpoint of being at the beginning of a relationship with those lost moments where there is hope and tangible love still, and with a chipper and upbeat almost indie dance track. ‘To the Sea’, which features Irish singer Rosie Carney pairing with Sedman’s vocals to create an beautifully entwined vocal arrangement for a solemn folk number. It’s the perfect end to the record, as a final but unwelcome goodbye.

Nothing on this record feels like a throwaway, which is impressive for a debut album. All 13 tracks on ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ have a story that, although similar in emotional depth, they are dissimilar in how they draw and anchor you down. It’s a strong release that certainly gives the duo an advantage over most current acts, such as James Bay or RHODES. They’re taking on a sound that although is not exciting in nature, it is most certainly one that grabs a hold of us in the audience and makes us listen and leaves us hoping it never ends.

8/10

‘Tell Me It’s Real’ by Bridlington duo Seafret is out the 29th of January via Sweet Jane / Columbia Records. To read more on Seafret on TGTF, go here.

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