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Paper Aeroplanes
The Day We Ran Into The Sea
OK Good Records


Breezy folk tones and laid-back drum loops are the canvas of Paper Aeroplanes' latest offering, The Day We Ran Into The Sea, from OK Good Records. Fronted by vocalist Sarah Aeroplane and supported by guitarist Richard Llewellyn, Paper Aeroplanes make pleasing music for those private moments when you just want to spend some time with your thoughts. The duo from Wales shows an inclination for easy listening tunage promoting alone time, so life can stop - examine where you've been and where you see yourself going.

The buttery glides of "Freewheel" have a comfy brushing, and the country folk hues of "Lifelight" permeate a prairieland rustling. Light and fluffy, the melodic patterns complement Sarah's vocals, creating a support for her thought-provoking ruminations like in "Pick Me" when she bares her emotions, "So sit back and open wide…. Take the time to understand… come on and pick me." The acoustic pickings of "Lost" deliver a lounging berth for Sarah's vocals, and the quivering vibrations of "Skies Of Fire" evoke a sense of anticipation that something good is going to come. The country-toned sprigs of "Take It Easy" buffer Sarah's vocals, producing refined lows and bursts reminiscent of Missy Higgins which turn to a soft strumming along "Newport Beach", framing her vocals in pacifying swells.

The songs are tailored to Sarah's proportions, fostering music made for the band's specifics. Though the duo restrict themselves to working within set parameters, which proves to be their asset and their liability by revealing their limitations, it gives the album authenticity and a sense of reflecting the band's true sentiments.

-Susan Frances

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