It’s been less than a week since we got Hayley Williams’s first solo album, Petals For Armor, and our obsession with it isn’t slowing down. Hayley commemorated the album release with a music video for “Dead Horse,” directed by Zac Farro. (Hayley wrote “Dead Horse” with Daniel James, and Taylor York produced the song.) Today, the song gets new life in a lyric video.
The song begins with Hayley apologizing for being “in a depression,” piano underneath, before the drum beat kicks in. What follows is the one of the most pop songs on Hayley’s new album. “Dead Horse” shimmers with sweetness and layers over a funky groove, yet its lyrics are as dark as we’d expect. Hayley describes her decade-long relationship with ex-husband Chad Gilbert, revealing its shocking beginning and the later consequence of that. The chorus explodes into Hayley’s self-deprecation over her continued suffering within and talking about this ill-fated relationship. “Dead Horse” sounds bubbly, yet it’s the most revealing song we’ve heard from Hayley. It could have fit on Paramore’s last album, After Laughter.
Going off of the music video we got last week, the lyric video for “Dead Horse” gives us lots of behind-the-scenes footage. In addition to some glimpses of Hayley recording the song’s vocals last September, we also get to see how the music video came to life in January. We see Zac Farro directing the video, plus all the crew – stylists and set designers and more – who helped make it a reality. And of course, we see Hayley in her many outfits and wigs, in front of mirrors, and pouring wet cement into her wedding shoes at the end.
Watch the lyric video for “Dead Horse” below:
“Dead Horse” appears on Hayley’s new album, Petals For Armor, released last Friday. You can buy or stream the album from your favorite music providers here.
Petals For Armor includes all the previously released songs from the first two EPs. Petals For Armor I featured the songs “Simmer,” “Leave It Alone, “Cinnamon,” “Creepin,’” and “Sudden Desire.” Meanwhile, Petals For Armor II featured Hayley’s five more recent releases: “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” “Over Yet,” “My Friend,” “Why We Ever,” and “Dead Horse.” The album also comes with Part III, featuring the final five songs of the record.
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
Enjoy the new lyric video for “Dead Horse,” and enjoy the new album, Petals For Armor, out now! Keep checking back here for all the latest Hayley Williams music news.