Hayley Williams Previews “Pure Love” and “Taken” Ahead of Album

Following four months of growing anticipation, Hayley Williams is now just three days away from releasing her first solo album, Petals For Armor. We’ve already gotten ten of its songs – included on two EPs – along with music videos, lyric videos, and more. Now, Hayley is counting down these last few days with teasers of the remaining unheard songs on the album. Part III of Petals For Armor will feature the songs “Pure Love,” “Taken,” “Sugar On The Rim,” “Watch Me While I Bloom,” and “Crystal Clear.” Today, fans can hear short preview of the first two.

“Pure Love” – even in this short clip – already sounds like an album highlight. Hayley belts “If I want your love” over a disco beat, glimmering synths, murmurs to “give a little,” and a bassy sound anchoring it down. It has a sonic similarity to Paramore’s last album, After Laughter, yet sounds freer. We can’t wait to hear this one in full. Hayley wrote “Pure Love” with Joey Howard, and Taylor York produced it.

“Taken” sounds more low-key, a percussive sound forming the backdrop for lyrics about being in a relationship. Hayley sings that both she and a guy are taken… but who’s she talking about? We’ll let the fans ponder that. For now, this clip will hype us to hear the rest of the song on Friday. Hayley, Joey, and Steph Marziano co-wrote “Taken”; Taylor produced.

Listen to previews of both “Pure Love” and “Taken” below:


“Pure Love,” “Taken,” and all 10 of the songs we’ve already heard in full will appear on Hayley’s upcoming album, Petals For Armor, out this Friday. You can pre-order the album now here.

While we await the full album and its final five songs, you can listen to the first two EPs. Petals For Armor I features the songs “Simmer,” “Leave It Alone, “Cinnamon,” “Creepin,’” and “Sudden Desire.” Meanwhile, Petals For Armor II features Hayley’s five most recent releases: “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” “Over Yet,” “My Friend,” “Why We Ever,” and “Dead Horse.”

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Touring & Paramore’s Future

Hayley had previously announced an intimate solo tour across North America and Europe, which was supposed to begin right about now. Unfortunately, just like everything else, the tour has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New dates are expected for 2021, so hang tight.

Paramore fans also don’t need to worry: 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, comes out in just three days on May 8th. Catch up on all we know about it so far here.

Enjoy the new previews of “Pure Love” and “Taken,” and get ready to hear the full album on Friday! Until then, you can stream the first 10 songs already while we await the final five. Keep checking back here for all the latest Hayley Williams music news.

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