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