Tell Me It's Real (Seafret album)

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Tell Me It's Real
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Studio album by
Released29 January 2016
Recorded2015
GenreAlternative
Length43:35 (Standard)
52:36 (Deluxe)
LabelSweet Jane Recordings
Producer
Seafret chronology
Oceans
(2015)
Tell Me It's Real
(2016)
Acoustic Sessions
(2016)
Singles from Tell Me It's Real
  1. "Atlantis"
    Released: 1 May 2015
  2. "Be There"
    Released: 30 June 2015
  3. "Wildfire"
    Released: 27 November 2015

Tell Me It's Real is the debut studio album by British music duo Seafret. It was released on 29 January 2016 by Sweet Jane Recordings.[1] The album peaked at number 59 on the UK Albums Chart.

Singles[edit]

"Atlantis" was released as the lead single from the album on 1 May 2015.[2] "Be There" was released as the second single from the album on 30 June 2015.[3] "Wildfire" was released as the third single from the album on 27 November 2015.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Tell Me It's Real received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Ashleigh Grady from Clash said, "Highlights on the album include ‘To The Sea’ which features lyrics from Rosie Carney and proves to be a duet made in heaven. Carney and Sedman’s vocals compliment each other perfectly to create a bewitchingly beautiful cut. With a video featuring Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams, ‘Oceans’ still remains a standout track on the LP. The live BBC version on the deluxe album edition further showcases the skill and emotion behind the simple and sparse arrangements that make the passion and feeling behind the lyrics really hit home. While ‘Over’ provides some upbeat relief with a folk, sing-along chorus and Mumford-style banjos to create a summery delight. As standalone singles, perhaps more of the tracks on ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ would hold a greater emotional impact but nevertheless there are moments of real beauty on Seafret’s album. The sparse simplicity of the intricate guitar picking and emotive lyrics create a euphoric, wave-like quality to transport the listener to a seaside town and recall moments from troubled relationships to defiant declarations of love. To Seafret’s already large fan-base, ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ will deliver more of the delicate emotion that they love, however, for the undecided listener, a little more variation and experimentation wouldn’t go amiss."[5] Molly Kerkham from ForgePress said, "While the album traverses tried and tested ground for love songs, Seafret’s song writing breathes fresh air into these topics. The songs are packed full of metaphors, but even with gentle lines such as "I’m like a skimming stone waiting to be sent back to you", the lyrics avoid being a collection of romance truisms. At its worst, this album verges towards sounding a bit like a second-rate Mumford and Sons. There’s too many over-enthusiastic yet drab guitar build ups. The first song on the album, ‘Missing’, falls into this trap, despite beginning with promisingly pretty piano chords. As the song drifts on, it becomes more tediously non-descript."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 5 February 2016, Tell Me It's Real entered the UK Albums Chart at number 59, the album also entered the Scottish Albums Chart at number 90. On 7 February 2016, the album entered the Swiss Albums Chart at number 100.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Missing"3:27
2."Give Me Something"
2:38
3."Wildfire"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
  • Robson
3:44
4."Breathe"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
3:10
5."Oceans"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Stride
  • Stride
3:35
6."Over"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
  • Rømans
  • Robson
3:44
7."Tell Me It's Real"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
  • Robson
2:59
8."Be There"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Stride
  • Robson
3:15
9."Beauty on the Breeze"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
2:41
10."Atlantis"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Stride
  • Robson
3:49
11."Skimming Stones"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
  • Stride
  • Robson
3:35
12."There's a Light"
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Stride
  • Stride
3:42
13."To the Sea" (feat. Rosie Carney)
  • Sedman
  • Draper
  • Robson
  • Robson
3:18

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[7] 90
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 100
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 59

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United Kingdom 29 January 2016[1] Sweet Jane Recordings

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tell Me It's Real (Deluxe) by Seafret". Apple Music. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Atlantis - Single by Seafret". Apple Music. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Be There - Single by Seafret". Apple Music. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Wildfire - Single by Seafret". Apple Music. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Seafret - Tell Me It's Real, Reviews". Clash. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Album Review: Seafret – Tell Me It's Real". ForgePress. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Seafret – Tell Me It's Real". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 August 2018.