Seafret

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One of the first things that has to be said about Seafret is what a fabulous name they have. I feel relaxed already. If you look it up in the dictionary, you’ll find ‘sea fret’ refers to the mist rolling off the sea, a little bit floaty and empty, perhaps. But lacking in substance this duo certainly are not. Jack Sedman and Harry Draper make up htis North Eastern duo, whose soothing tones and heartfelt lyrics will leave you, like their name suggests, calmer that a visit to the seaside town they hail from. Between working on their debut album and supporting James Bay on tour, the pair have had a busy schedule this past year.

Meeting at an open mic night, the two had distinctly different levels of experience. Though a few years younger, Harry Draper was an experienced local musician; Jack Sedman, meanwhile, had quite literally only just discovered his voice.

Despite this, the pair instantly hit it off. “We wrote our own songs straight out of nowhere,” explains Jack Sedman. “I’d never written a song before. I loved music but had never written it. We clicked instantly. That’s how we learned to write: through playing and the chemistry between us.”

Honest and captivating , Seafret’s music has a beautifully contagious feel. Writing about life as it evolves around them, the two have a rare observational eye – though young, the world is not going to pass them by.

I heard their music about a year ago and haven't stopped listening to them since, but yesterday was a huge day for them as they have just released their debut album 'Tell Me It's Real'.

From the opening track onwards, it’s clear that vocalist Jack Sedman’s voice was made to give a strange but beautiful vulnerable grit over multi-instrumentalist Harry Draper’s acoustic guitar-led sound. Over the course of ‘Missing’, Sedman’s vocal makes friends with a rising piano line, followed by that ever-distinctive sound of the acoustic guitar, and then gets sandwiched between synth vibes that build into what becomes a slightly frantic ball of sound and emotion – pretty accurate summing up of life, really.

The rest of the album continues as strong as it begins, combining the grace and airs of acoustic with a grittier vocal that really makes you sit up and listen. Songs like ‘Skimming Stones’, ‘Atlantis’ and ‘To The Sea’ point out the deliberate correlation between music and band name – it’s gentle on the surface, but there’s a heck of a lot of power there. Then there’s ‘Oceans’, the video for which stars Maisie Williams, and deserves all 3 million YouTube hits with or without the Game of Thrones star. It’s soft, simple, and relatively easy to pick up lyrically, which is always great if you’re hearing a band for the first time. But what strikes me about this track in particular is the way it works together so seamlessly.

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