Paramore’s Hayley Williams Releases Eerie New Single And Video, Simmer
Yesterday, Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams teased the first single from her upcoming new solo album, Petals For Armor. Now, that song, titled Simmer, is out in the world — and man, is it intense.
Full of shadow and still moments, the song shows Hayley playing with her darker side. It’s certainly more danceable and personal that the material everyone knows from her work in Paramore, and hints at a sense of introspection in the album as a whole. The video, meanwhile, is immersed in the artsy horror of today, echoing films like The Conjuring, The Witch, and It Comes At Night. It’s also got Hayley looking genuinely vulnerable — naked, running in the woods, and hiding from a
Listen to Simmer below:
Petals For Armor was teased with a pretty spooky video posted on Hayley’s Twitter account, which features ASMR-style heavy breathing and a flowing dreamscape of dark trees and murky woods. Check it out:
https://t.co/hdIjfLK4wJ https://t.co/QQCIN7TJxZ— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) Mon Jan 20 22:23:37 +0000 2020
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In many ways, this shift to darker pastures is in keeping with After Laughter, Paramore’s last album in 2017. It was the band’s first record since the return of drummer Zac Farro, and the departure of bassist Jeremy Davis, who left back in 2015. The record shows a move away from the band’s traditional pop-punk vibe, instead exploring themes like depression and feeling exhausted.
In September last year, the trio unveiled a glasses collaboration while addressing their “current absence from the outside world”.
“We thought it’d be fun to remind you that the time we shared with you during After Laughter was one of the happiest in our band’s career, thus far,” they said. “Thank you for understanding that we are taking a really nice break after grinding away for nearly 15 years! It’s so good to have a moment to just ‘be’. Consider this our way of encouraging you to do the same and to take care of yourself however you feel is best.
“Paramore forever. We love you.”
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