Paper Aeroplanes

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Paper Aeroplanes
Paper Aeroplanes performing at Junction 2, Cambridge.jpg
Paper Aeroplanes performing at The Junction 2, Cambridge in May 2013
Background information
Origin Milford Haven, Wales
Genres Folk pop
Labels My First Record
Associated acts Halflight
Members Sarah Howells
Richard Llewellyn

Paper Aeroplanes are an alternative pop band from West Wales formed around 2009, although both members have played together since 2005. Their fanbase has been built up around early years gigging in Cardiff and UK wide after extensive touring.


Formerly part of Cardiff-based band Halflight, Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn from Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion respectively, make music that has been compared to Fleetwood Mac, Suzanne Vega, The Sundays, Marika Hackman and Laura Marling. The BBC described them as "a west coast, easy-riding, folkish indie with a pop sensibility",[1] 31 May 2010.

Their album The Day We Ran Into the Sea, which was released in 2010, was described by the BBC's Adam Walton as "'pop' music: brilliantly crafted and stoked from a bruised heart's embers".[2] BBC Radio Wales described it as "the finest radio album to come out of Wales since Rockferry".[3] Their 2011 album We Are Ghosts received a host of reviews and saw The Guardian describe them as "disarming, breezy pop that's tinged with melancholy".[4] Paul Kerr, reviewing their 2011 EP A Comfortable Sleep for Fourohfive 405 said "Paper Aeroplanes are an oasis of gravity in a cultural desert of frivolity, of emotion in a cold hearted world." [5]

2012 Saw the band perform at Hay Festival. [6]

August 2012 saw several songs soundtracking an episode of BBC3's TV Series Lip Service.[citation needed][7]

Third album Little Letters was released on Navigator Records and saw the band reach number 28 in the UK Alternative Chart. [8]

The band have played live on BBC Radio Wales several times and featured on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 show, being interviewed by Harris and performing a live session.[9][10] They have also recorded a live video session for the BBC.[11] BBC Radio Wales are big supporters of the band making them Artist of the Week several times most recently in May 2015 with single Good Love Lives On. [12]

The band have toured the UK and Germany for several years building a live following.They sold out London's Union Chapel in November 2014. [13]

The album JOY was released on 8 April 2015 and saw tracks featured on BBC Radio's 1 and 2 as well as a host of German stations such as NDR2 and Radio Eins.[14]

In April 2015 Paper Aeroplanes played their debut SXSW show playing several shows most notably at British Music Embassy at Latitude 60 [15]



  • The Day We Ran Into the Sea (2010), My First Records
  • We Are Ghosts (March 2011)
  • Little Letters (May 2013)
  • JOY (April 2015)

Singles, EPs[edit]

  • Lifelight EP (2010), My First Records
  • A Comfortable Sleep EP - 4 tracks (2011)
  • Time to Be EP - 6 tracks (2012)[16]
  • Circus EP - 5 tracks (2014)


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