The musician is releasing her “Leave It Alone” interlude building on the song she dropped last week.
“Simmer” marked the first piece of music from Williams since Paramore ended the After Laughter cycle and retired “Misery Business” in September 2018. The band haven’t played together since with their future up in the air until June 2019 when they posted a muted video. Nothing came from that but Williams does regret leaving fans question the band’s future. The band then took to Instagram, sharing a year-end post reflecting on their time together before clarifying it didn’t mean a breakup was coming.
Following her first solo single’s release, she opened up on how time away from the spotlight and Paramore benefitted her creative process.
“I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project,” Williams said with the release of the song. “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.”
“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. Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”
The songs released so far are a part of a continuing storyline she is developing and the “Leave It Alone” interlude is the next chapter.
— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) February 3, 2020
In case you haven’t seen them yet, you can watch her other videos below.
You can watch the “Leave It Alone” interlude continue to build on the next piece of the story in the player below.
Hayley Willaims’ solo debut Petals For Armor will drop May 8 via Atlantic.
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