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Seafret - plus Beth McCarthy - 20th March 2015

Artists' website: Seafret / Beth McCarthy


With a recent BBC Maida Vale session with Zane Lowe, and on the BBC Introducing Playlist, Seafret are a band set for a big future. They recently supported Jake Bugg, and Sony have also requested priority on their forthcoming single.

Now based in London, Bridlington boys Jack Sedman Harry Draper make up Seafret – a play on a guitar fretboard and a North Eastern term for the mists that come in off the North Sea during summer. As well as their name, their sound is heavily influenced by their hometown, in particular their families. Harry’s father is a noted country and bluegrass musician, while Jack’s comes from a punk rock background. “When we got together he brought all that to me and I brought all that to him. We shared everything."

The duo have been making a name for themselves as of late. Their single “Oceans,” taken from the EP of the same name, recently topped the hypem charts and with good reason. The song is rooted in a calming, acoustic guitar melody. Sedman's rousing spoken voice provides the emotional charge in this track as it does across the whole EP, a collection of three tracks as well as a cover of Hozier's “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and an acoustic rendition of the titular track. ‘Give Me Something’ finds Jack Sedman’s vocals nestling gently in Harry Draper’s light, lilting arrangement. The simplicity is devastating, with the tale of lost love gathering in intensity until it collapses at the finale, the end notes vaporising into air.