Hayley Williams stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to play a couple of songs including Dua Lipa’s recent single ‘Don’t Start Now’.
Paramore singer Hayley Williams is currently on the promotional trail for her solo single Simmer. The song landed in late January and the EP Petals for Armor I will follow in May. It’s her first work as a solo artist and her chosen Live Lounge cover gives us an idea of where she wants to position her solo career.
Williams delivered a mellow, jazzy version of ‘Don’t Start Now’, the first single from Lipa’s upcoming Future Nostalgia LP. Williams and her five-piece band also played ‘Simmer’ during the session. The BBC iPlayer can’t be utilised outside the UK, but a number of unofficial uploads have made it to YouTube.
Watch: Hayley Williams – Don’t Start Now (Dua Lipa cover)
It’s not Williams’ first time in the Live Lounge. Paramore visited the London studios in 2017 while touring their After Laughter album. Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’ was Williams’ choice of cover on that occasion.
Earlier this week Williams jumped on Apple’s Beats 1 radio to chat to Zane Lowe. She opened up about the personal struggles that inspired her new project.
“When I think about putting this out as a Paramore album, it doesn’t do justice to the stories themselves and it doesn’t do justice to the band,” she said.
“It didn’t become just like a breeze overnight or anything and it’s been years and it’s still not a breeze, but it’s so rich and now that I’m taking account of all these feelings and I’m feeling all of them. There’s this beautiful rainbow versus just the deep end.”
A second single, ‘Leave it Alone’, followed shortly after ‘Simmer’, however full details of the upcoming EP are yet to be announced. Warren Fu directed the ‘Leave it Alone’ music video. His past credits include The 1975’s ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’, CHVRCHES’ ‘Miracle’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky. Check it out below.