On December 18th, Hayley Williams will unveil a new three-song collection Petals For Armor: Self-Serenades. Ahead of the release, Williams has unveiled a gorgeous acoustic rendition of ‘Simmer.’
If you’ve been following Williams’ quarantine serenades religiously over the course of the year, this is sure to incite the most overwhelming emotions.
During lockdown, Williams performed several eclectic covers like ‘Drew Barrymore’ by SZA’, ‘Smoke Signals’ by Phoebe Bridgers’, ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ by Radiohead, and ‘Unison’ by Björk.
Where the Petals For Armor version of ‘Simmer’ boiled with sensuality and spite, this acoustic interpretation is stark and tender. Kudos to Hayley’s dog Alf for his guest vocal appearance in the first verse.
the self-serenade version of SIMMER is now available for streaming ahead of the EP release. if you listen closely you can hear Alf sigh dramatically in the opening line. like mother like son.https://t.co/pic29ZdI92 pic.twitter.com/ZpvmGvobxk
— hayley from Paramore ? (@yelyahwilliams) December 10, 2020
Petals for Armor: Self-Serenades, will also feature an acoustic version of ‘Why We Ever’ along with a brand new track, ‘Find Me Here.’
Check out ‘Simmer’ (Acoustic) by Hayley Williams:
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Earlier this week, Hayley Williams debuted a handful of Petals for Armor tracks live during an appearance on NPR‘s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.
“I’ve never done this without Paramore,” Williams admitted during the performance. The set saw Williams enlist the help of musical contemporaries and Tiny Desk alumni Becca Mancari and Julien Baker. The latter of which appeared on Petals for Armor track ‘Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris’ alongside fellow boygenius members Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.
The Tiny Desk performance Williams’ execute a charming performance of tracks ‘Pure Love,’ ‘Taken’ and ‘Dead Horse.’ Until this point, we’ve only really witnessed tracks from the album performed in an acoustic capacity. So it was a real treat getting a taste of what Hayley had planned for the Petals for Armor live experience.