After teasing an upcoming solo project last year, Paramore’s Hayley Williams has revealed her debut solo album, Petals For Armor, which arrives May 8th.
She also unveiled her debut single “Simmer,” which was written by Williams and fellow bandmates Taylor York (who also produced the track) and Joey Howard.
The accompanying music video, directed by Warren Fu, shows Williams running naked through the woods trying to escape a mysterious creature whose haunting her, but she soon finds out the horrifying truth. Watch the video below.
Talking about the debut album in a press release, Williams said “I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project. Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing Petals for Armor. And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation.”
She continued “I’m in a band with my favorite musicians so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records. This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more. I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record. I like to think we all make each other better and the result is something that sounds and FEELS exactly as I’d hoped it would.”
Petals for Armor will be Williams’ first release since Paramore’s After Laughter album in 2017.