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Album Review: Seafret – Monsters EP

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

A 2-year hiatus for the Bridlington duo Seafret will come to an end with the release of a new four-track EP this Friday. ‘Monsters’ shows a rawer side to Jack Sedman and Harry Draper that was hinted at on their 2016 debut album ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ but was not fully disclosed then.

The EP opens with the title track, which instantly sets a moody and mysterious vibe, created through the use of minor chromatic guitar descents, leaving you unsure of what is to come. This moodiness becomes even more dramatic with the addition of low stabs on the piano that reverberate under the vocals and guitar. It’s a successful theatrical opening to the record, creating suspense in subtle and clever ways and avoiding becoming gimmicky.

The pace picks up with second track ‘Can’t Look Away’ which starts acoustically and gently, but then goes on to explode into an electric chorus, heavy with accented drumbeats and sustained guitar twangs. The song is powerful and a great contrast to the previous track, but something feels missing. By the end of the tune, the verses and choruses are over-repeated and even with the stripped-back bridge that offers some respite, there is not enough variation or climatic tension to really elevate the song. It’s a slight let down when compared to an EP that has so much emotion and raw edge to it. One has to ask, have Seafret dug deep enough in themselves for this track?

Fortunately, ‘Bad Blood’, the third track of Seafret’s EP, makes up for what ‘Can’t Look Away’ lacks in depth. It’s here that we really hear Sedman’s talent for expressive vocals. Again, the duo has favoured subtlety to express emotion, with Sedman not overdoing it on the performance but rather letting the small breaks in his voice and slight dynamic fluctuations do the talking. It’s these small elements that shine on the track and make what is an electric, rock track more intimate and raw.

These subtle elements are also successful in connecting ‘Bad Blood’ to final track ‘Heartless’. Although the two tracks are polar opposites in instrumentation, the clear emotion in ‘Bad Blood’ allows for a smooth flow to the fourth track, undoubtedly the most profound on the EP. ‘Heartless’ itself is acoustic heaven: simple yet seductive in its intimacy. It’s a perfect way to end the EP, showing Seafret at their most vulnerable and leaving the listener wanting more of this raw edge that we heard so brilliantly in three out of four tracks of this EP.

8.5/10

‘Monsters’ will be released this Friday, the 7th of September, on Kobalt. You can catch Seafret on their next English tour later this month, listed here on their official Web site. Our archive of articles on Seafret here on TGTF can be accessed this way.

 

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.

 

Video of the Moment #1981: Seafret

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd December 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Bridlington duo Seafret have been building slowly but steadily towards the release of their debut album ‘Tell Me It’s Real’, set for release on the 29th of January 2016 though Sweet Jane Recordings / Columbia Records. Late last week, they revealed a new video for album track ‘Wildlife’, directed by Tom Clarkson. It’s their London recreation of The Experimental Generation Of Interpersonal Closeness, a study described in this article by the Guardian in which the answers strangers would answer to 36 questions about life and values, along with regular eye contact, and possibly develop meaningful relationships from the personal contact. Whether or not any of these pairs ended up dating or falling in love, we don’t know what (yet, anyway), but it makes for an unusual direction for a music video. Watch the video below.

In November, Seafret were one of four bands who graced the 2015 Communion New Faces Tour. For more coverage of Seafret here on TGTF, head this way.

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Communion New Faces / November 2015 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 8th September 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Communion Music is gearing up for the latest installment of their New Faces tour, commencing in November. Last year’s lineup starred Kimberly Anne and Amber Run, both of whom have done splendidly since their star turns on the Communion-supported stage.

This autumn’s series in venues across England will star haunting pop duo Seafret (pictured at top), guitar-pop group Flyte, Shrewsbury-born singer/songwriter Dan Owen and Brighton singer/songwriter Jack Watts. Tickets to this tour are on sale now.

Thursday 19th November 2015 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Friday 20th November 2015 – Liverpool Studio 2
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Birmingham Rainbow
Monday 23rd November 2015 – Oxford Bullingdon
Tuesday 24th November 2015 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – London St. Stephen’s Church
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Brighton Green Door Store

 

Video of the Moment #1793: Seafret

 
By on Friday, 24th April 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m definitely of the mind that for every one of us, we all need a special friend all to yourselves. In the promo for Bridlington duo Seafret‘s single ‘Atlantis’ out the 11th of May on Sweet Jane Recordings, a young misfit boy befriends a furry monster with horns who others are scared of, and for no good reason. Or is it all a dream the boy concocts in his head to escape the unpleasantness of real life? Watch the video below and find out.

Read Chris’ review of the single, posted earlier this month, here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAy3IZiL0s[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Seafret – Atlantis

 
By on Wednesday, 8th April 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Heralding from Bridlington in the North East of England, Seafret have been steadily receiving more and more attention since their debut track ‘Give Me Something’ last year. Meeting at an open mic night, frontman Jack Sedman was just beginning to discover his vocal talents, whilst Harry Draper (guitarist) was already regarded as an experienced local musician. The pair quickly hit it off, going on to form a partnership as Seafret, a duo that are now proving equal parts haunting and majestic.

In their hometown this nautical term depicts the soft mist that rolls off the North Sea in summer, but it’s a fitting label for the sense of mystery and longing that their music brings. Despite moving to London, the pair continue to be influenced by their hometown and its oceanic connections, with Harry pointing out, “when you live there you take it for granted. I never missed it before. You don’t realise what it does to you when you’re there”. It’s an influence that’s distinct throughout their early material, including new single ‘Atlantis’. Beyond the aquatic title they create a charged atmosphere, woven together with spiralling vocals and percussive gems, all as they prepare for a UK headline tour and the summer’s early metropolitan festivals.

They have 2 EPs under their belts now, but their wistful sound is growing in impact and sincerity with every release. Next upcoming single ‘Atlantis’ is defined by Sedman’s dramatic vocals, pitching from pacifying howls, to melancholy choruses. “I can’t save us, my Atlantis oh…” he cries, as his lyrics of a reluctant breakup are bolstered by a piano backing that induces yet more shivers.

They bring you back down as quickly as they started, as the lofty harmonies give way to their acoustic origins and a sense of nostalgia returns. It’s their most contemporary work to date, but they’ve kept a tight chemistry here between expansive, cinematic musicality, and equally bewitching lyrics. Mellow they may be, but packing such a powerful punch with their songwriting is going to send Seafret soaring as high as their enchanting choruses by the end of the summer.

8/10

‘Atlantis’, the new single from Seafret, is released on the 11th of May via Sweet Jane Recordings.

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