With a back story that includes a stint in the ill starred Jylt who were on the verge of mainstream success when singer Nia George was diagnosed with leukaemia from which she died aged just 21, it’s no surprise that Welsh duo Paper Aeroplanes’ default setting is melancholia. It’s a mood that hangs over their new EP, A Comfortable Sleep, like a shroud.

It’s hard to escape the feeling that, although it’s seven years since she died, Nia continues to cast a dark shadow over singer Sarah Howells. There’s the EP’s title, lyrics like ‘on a Tuesday morning in July I was bright and breezy not willing to die’ and songs called ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Winter Never Comes’. The EP’s not actually about Nia, or her death, and it’s not a tribute to her life but if it was she couldn’t ask for a better tribute. Four pitch perfect songs that tug at the heart strings more ferociously than the world tug of war champions after an extensive course of anabolic steroids.

Album opener ‘Tuesday’ sounds like the Sundays on downers with Sarah’s lilting, swooningly sweet voice dripping with the pain of unrequited love. ‘All You Need’ is in a similar vein with its less than confident refrain of ‘maybe all you need is love’. ‘Painkiller’ brings a rather large lump to the throat, a tear to the eye and an overwhelming desire to give Sarah a big hug and tell her everything’s going to be ok. The final track of one of the most emotional EPs of the year, ‘Winter Never Comes’, uses the end of summer as a metaphor for the end of a relationship. It’s yet another song that should come with a packet of hankies to wipe away the inevitable tears.

Paper Aeroplanes are an oasis of gravity in a cultural desert of frivolity, of emotion in a cold hearted world. If you’re not in tears by the end of the four tracks on A Comfortable Sleep then you’re either a Stalinist dictator or a statue.