We can now count down in just weeks when we’ll get to hear Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams’s first solo album, Petals For Armor, due out on May 8th. We’ve already gotten an EP of five of its songs – simply titled Petals For Armor I – and now Hayley is gearing up to release another EP, unsurprisingly called Petals For Armor II. Following “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” “Over Yet,” and “My Friend,” our fourth single from the second EP is “Why We Ever,” out now with a new lyric video. Hayley co-wrote the song with Micah Tawlks, while Taylor York produced the song.
Fitting with the sound of two of the previous three songs Hayley shared, “Why We Ever” builds on a low-key soundscape. The bass is fairly funky on the choruses, lifting the song up and feeling almost fun. Hayley sings about a relationship that fell apart, wondering why it had to end as it did. The second half of the track moves in another direction, feeling more somber as Hayley admits to her loneliness and apologizes for freaking out. It’s sad and reflective, yet dreamlike and powerful.
Unlike previous lyric videos, which highlighted behind-the-scenes looks at recording the songs or photo shoots, the lyric video for “Why We Ever” takes us on the road. Most of the footage is of Hayley driving down freeways and two-lane roads. Later on, footage of a car wash from inside the vehicle creates a whimsical backdrop for the music.
Watch the lyric video for “Why We Ever” below:
You can stream or download “Why We Ever” from all the major music providers here. Along with “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” “Over Yet,” and “My Friend,” it will appear on Hayley’s upcoming second EP, Petals For Armor II, expected next week. It should feature one additional song.
Hayley shared a personal story about “Why We Ever” in an Instagram post yesterday:
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ok. another song from Petals For Armor ll drops tomorrow. 🌺 long caption alert (🙄 surprise). in Dec 2018, i bought protools, an interface, and some speakers and decided to learn something new. these moments are from my first go at it (we’re talking out of time/phase/tune… etc!)… i was at the lowest point i’d been in some time. my sadness shows. now i look back and credit this night as being the beginning of a new season of my life, where i hold myself accountable for learning to love better. i’ve let myself down a lot in love. this was the start of recognizing bad patterns and acknowledging that i’m ready to grow out of them. thank you @micahtawlks for helping finish and reimagine this one for the album. the new song, “Why We Ever” is out tomorrow.
Petals For Armor I
In addition to “Why We Ever,” “My Friend,” “Over Yet,” and “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” we can also hear five earlier songs Hayley put out in January and February. Two months ago, Hayley shared the Petals For Armor I EP, available now. Stream or download the EP from all the major music platforms here. It features the songs “Simmer,” “Leave It Alone, “Cinnamon,” “Creepin,’” and “Sudden Desire.”
All nine songs we’ve heard so far 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 previously announced an intimate solo tour across North America and Europe, was to begin in May. However, in all likelihood, the tour will be postponed due to coronavirus. You can still check out current date and locations – and purchase concert tickets – here, but realize these are very much subject to change.
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
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.
Enjoy the new lyric video for “Why We Ever,” and get ready to hear Hayley’s upcoming EP, Petals For Armor II. Stay tuned for more news on the full album, Petals For Armor – including full tracklisting and more singles and videos. Keep checking back here for all the latest Hayley Williams music news.