From the Western fringes of Wales comes Paper Aeroplanes with an album that is packed full of pop charm and folk melodies that recall The Sundays in full flight or a poppier Alanis Morissette. The Day We Ran Into The Sea is a hugely self assured debut from the duo of Richard Llewellyn and Sarah Howells and while the songwriting is impressive, it is Howells vocals that are most certainly the star.
Opener Cliche is built for radio 2 with its intro sounding like The La's There She Goes before settling into the pop/folk that the Corrs have made their fortune from. Howells gets to show the full range of her vocal talents on the sweeping Lifelight and the dark Pick Me, both real highlights of a quite excellent album but standout track is reserved for Lost. A song of real beauty with a stark arrangement and some heart melting harmonies.
This is an album that will quite easily work on both sides of the Atlantic with several of the tracks on here having an Americana feel much loved by the likes of Sarah McLachlan but without the insincerity and overbearing self righteousness. Take It Easy and Newport Beach being the prime examples with the latter bringing to mind Irish chanteuses Cara Dillon.
As I said before this is a mighty fine and accomplished debut that deserves to be heard and if there is any justice it will be as Sarah Howells has one of the finest female voices I have heard in a long time.