The past month has been a whirlwind of new music and videos from Hayley Williams. She’s taking a short break from fronting Paramore to release her first solo album, Petals For Armor, out on May 8th. We’ve already heard five songs on her new EP, and three of them got music videos. Following a lyric video for “Simmer,” we now get a lyric video for the second single, “Leave It Alone.” Its footage comes from the recording studio and the set of Hayley’s “Leave It Alone” music video.
Hayley co-wrote “Leave It Alone” with Joey Howard (Paramore’s touring bassist); Taylor York produced the song. The song builds up a low-key backdrop, bass guitar and sighing cello complementing Hayley’s soft vocals. She sings about her grandmother after she fell and was nearing death. In the first verse, Hayley intones, “Now that I finally want to live, the ones I love are dying.” Later, she warns, “If you know love / Best prepare to grieve.” It’s a serious and strangely calming song, even with its dark themes and music.
In the lyric video, we see behind-the-scenes footage from both the music video set and the recording studio. We get a glimpse into how Hayley, director Warren Fu, and the rest of the crew shot the music video for “Leave It Alone” in the house and nearby forest. Additional footage comes from the recording studio, where we see how Hayley and her team of musicians, producers, and engineers developed the music. This lyric video is a great way to celebrate everyone who went into making this music and its accompanying music video.
Watch the lyric video for “Leave It Alone” below:
You can listen to “Leave It Alone” – plus four other new songs – in Hayley’s Petals For Armor I EP, available now. Stream or download the EP from all the major music platforms here. Those songs and more will appear on Hayley’s upcoming full-length album, Petals For Armor, due out on May 8th. You can pre-order the album now here.
Touring & Paramore’s Future
Hayley will tour for her solo album. She hasn’t yet given details on where or when, but stay tuned for more announcements on that in the coming months.
Hayley has also confirmed that Paramore is not over. They will make music together again, though it probably won’t sound like her forthcoming solo material. In any case, Hayley indicated that this solo album is an important step that will only help the band grow.
Petals For Armor
Enjoy the new “Leave It Alone” lyric video, and be sure to listen to all five songs on the Petals For Armor I EP. Don’t miss the music videos for with “Simmer,” “Simmer Interlude,” “Leave It Alone,” “Leave It Alone Interlude,” and “Cinnamon.” Hayley has stated that her song “Sudden Desire” will also get a music video.
Hayley’s upcoming debut solo album, Petals For Armor, will be available on May 8th. Catch up on all we know about it so far here.
Stay tuned for more news on Petals For Armor – including full tracklisting and more singles and videos. Keep checking back here for all the latest Hayley Williams music news.