Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has dropped part one of her debut album, PETALS FOR ARMOR. The five-track EP includes previously released singles ‘Simmer’ and ‘Leave It Alone’.

Williams announced her debut solo record just a few weeks ago and shared its first single ‘Simmer’. ‘Leave It Alone’ followed soon after, both of which were produced by Paramore’s Taylor York.

“I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project,” said Williams. “Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing PETALS FOR ARMOR.”

To coincide with the EP release, Williams has dropped a music video for track three, ‘Cinnamon’. It was directed by Warren Fu, who also worked on ‘Simmer’ and ‘Leave it Alone’. Fu’s music videos are the stuff of legend – 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.

Watch: Hayley Williams – Cinnamon

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Williams stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier this week play a couple of songs, including a cover of Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’. Joined by a five-piece band, Williams played ‘Simmer’ and a mellow, jazzy version of Lipa’s recent single.

She also spoke to Beats 1 radio’s Zane Lowe about the personal struggles that inspired PETALS FOR ARMOR. “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.

She elaborated on the significance of PETALS FOR ARMOR in the album’s official press release. “I’m in a band with my favourite musicians so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records,” said Williams. “This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more.”

Watch: Hayley Williams – Simmer (BBC Live Lounge)

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