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.


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


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