We’re now just counting down the hours until we can hear Hayley Williams’s first solo album, Petals For Armor – it comes out tomorrow! We’ve already gotten ten of its songs – included on two EPs – along with music videos, lyric videos, and more. This week, Hayley has been counting down the final 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.” We’ve already gotten previews of four of them. Today, our final preview is of album closer “Crystal Clear.”
From the preview, “Crystal Clear” sounds more sparse and buoyant than the other songs. There’s something airy and free about it, bouncing percussion making it playful even as the lyrics work at something deeper. Bass and rolling drums give weight to Hayley’s words about staying in place despite her fear. The chorus kicks in, driving home the low-key, calming vibe.
Hayley wrote “Crystal Clear” with Taylor York; Taylor also produced the song.
Listen to the preview of “Crystal Clear” below:
“Crystal Clear” and all 10 of the songs we’ve already heard in full will appear on Hayley’s upcoming album, Petals For Armor, out tomorrow. 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.”
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 TOMORROW, May 8th. Catch up on all we know about it so far here.
Enjoy the new preview of “Crystal Clear,” and get ready to hear the full album in just a few hours! 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.