Seafret - 'Most Of Us Are Strangers'

7/10

Taking four years to return with a new album seemed like a long time for the Bridlington-based duo Seafret. Prior to their breakout debut LP 'Tell Me It's Real' in 2016, the pair were a hugely prolific outfit, regularly dropping singles and EPs throughout the build-up to their initial studio collection. But it seems like the time spent honing and focusing on their craft has been a welcome break for them as their latest full-length 'Most Of Us Are Strangers' sees them step away from their more mellow aesthetic to deliver something with more power and energy throughout.

Although they were always skirting the realm of big and explosive pop-rock ideas, the bulk of their success was written into smaller and more humble offers, usually stripped back production with the pair playing the centred roles on their releases. And while there are still plenty of moments like that on this new record, 'Most Of Us Are Strangers' sees them focus their intentions more on the more euphoric elements of their sound. 'Be My Queen' and 'Magnetic' play as perfect examples of this new and brighter direction they are aiming for, showing us that they aren't prepared to simply rehash their older selves once again.

While it has a more diverse and adventurous feel to it than their debut, 'Most Of Us Are Strangers' still feels like they are testing the water a bit. Not quite completely reassured in their new sound, the band are taking a number of chances on this release, most of which thankfully pay off. A strong return but we can't help feeling that their next LP will be an even more eclectic approach, given the feel of this one.

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