You’re my way out. You’re my way through. And I can’t be without you.
1. 29. 16
This week was a tough one figuring out which album to review. Record after record, I found nothing I enjoyed all the way through. Right as I was about to settle on reviewing an album I was not entirely confident in, out of the abyss appeared Seafret’s Tell Me It’s Real. This record was a quite the surprise. Seafret is a singer/songwriter duo made up of Jack Sedman and Harry Draper from the UK. Sedman is not going to blow most people away with his range. Yet many will be drawn in as I was by his rich tone, similar to Bastille’s Dan Smith, and intimate lyrics. Instrumentally, I am constantly impressed by the simplicity of Draper’s acoustic guitar work and composition without sounding cliche, boring, or repetitive. A plague of many artists in the singer/songwriter genre is an inability to create a cohesive album of distinct sound songs. Seafret does not have this problem, as every song on this record is not only well-written, but also distinguishable from the others. From acoustic, to piano, to a bit of electric with subtly used percussions, Seafret is able to fuse many different cohesive layers with Sedman’s smooth vocals throughout the record.
The biggest drawback for me on the album was a lack of uniqueness. Seafret does nearly everything really well, but I believe what they are missing is something that sets them apart from the crowd. One preference issue I have is with Sedman’s slides in the chorus of Skimming Stones, yet he still finds a way to redeem himself through the bridge then also as he discontinues the slides for the last chorus. This record is far from original or incredible. There is still much room to grow for Seafret.
For Fans Of: Racing Glaciers, Leo Stannard, Aquilo
Favorite Songs: Atlantis, Breathe, Be There, Over
Top 10 Potential: No
Album Cover: 5/10
What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday or just in general you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!
Other Notable Releases
Cross Record – Wabi-Sabi
Sia – This is Acting
Abu – Reset