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A sweeping indie folk duo who formed in the coastal town of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, U.K., Seafret found mainstream success in 2016 with the release of their major-label debut, Tell Me It's Real. A couple of EPs and a move to London preceded the arrival of their sophomore long-player, 2020′s Most of Us Are Strangers. The pair returned to their native Yorkshire before issuing the 2022 EP Anywhere from Here.
After a chance encounter at an open-mike night just outside of their hometown of Bridlington, the folk duo known as Seafret was born. Guitarist Harry Draper and vocalist Jack Sedman were impressed with each other’s performances, and quickly decided to work together as musicians. They lived close to the coast, and the name “Seafret” referenced both the mist that rolls in from the North Sea during the summer and a pun on a guitar fretboard.
In 2014, after gaining some traction online, the duo made the move to London. Leaving their hometown instilled their songwriting with a greater sense of loss, both of the coastline they had grown up with and their respective loved ones. In September of the same year, they released their debut EP, Give Me Something, on Sweet Jane Recordings. They spent over two years writing music together prior to relocating to London; such a wealth of material allowed them to quickly follow their debut with a second EP at the start of 2015, the aptly titled Oceans. They spent the majority of that year touring, including a string of coffee shop appearances where they performed with just an acoustic guitar. All the while, they were composing the tracks that would form their debut album, Tell Me It's Real, which saw release in early 2016 on Columbia Records.
Returning to their hometown shortly thereafter, the pair set to work on a second LP, Most of Us Are Strangers. After drip-feeding singles throughout the late 2010s, Seafret finally released their sophomore album in February 2020. Two years later, the duo issued the five-song EP Anywhere from Here, which was inspired by reconnecting with their native Yorkshire during the COVID-19 pandemic. ~ Liam Martin