Last updated: 24 February 2010
With a Welsh indie heritage of some renown, Paper Aeroplanes are establishing themselves as ones to watch.
From their very earliest musical forays, Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn have been making people sit up and take notice. Llewellyn was in the band Cartoon, who toured with not-very-missed indie poppers Space, while Howells formed Jylt with her friend Nia George, who died of leukaemia in 2004, when Jylt seemed to be on the cusp of success.
Returning to music after that tragedy, Howells formed Halflight. Radio Wales DJ Adam Walton in a recent blog for this site said, "I can't imagine how such a devastating experience must have affected Sarah. I do know that when she eventually resurfaced in Halflight the songs were more contemplative and ached with a new depth and truth.
"Paper Aeroplanes is the sound of someone emerging from the other side of that experience: wise, determined, defiant, but with an implacable sadness in the corner of her eyes. It makes for the most beautiful, happysad music."
In the words of the band themselves though, it's a more stark mission statement: "Paper Aeroplanes is a girl and a boy from the westest extremes of Wales (Milford Haven and Aberporth), who spend a lot of time on the M4 in pursuit of pop perfection."
Howells' voice - crystal clear, sonorous and emotionally-charged, combines with Llewellyn's production and guitars to create a sound that falls into a west coast, easy-riding, folkish indie with a pop sensibility that's been compared with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Sundays, Juliana Hatfield and Lisa Loeb.
2010 sees the release of their debut album The Day We Ran Into The Sea and their first UK headline tour. The album features mixes and production from the likes of Matt Prime (Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia), Head (PJ Harvey) and John Reynolds (Damien Dempsey, Sinead O'conner).
They performed for Wales Music Day on St David's Day 2010.