Hayley Williams has shared the infectious new single, ‘My Limb’.
The track is taken from Williams’ surprise new album, FLOWERS for VASES/descansos, which arrived with great delight on Friday. The project is the Paramore’s second studio album and follows her last effort, 2020s Petals for Armor. ‘My Limb’ would not be out of place by any stretch of the imagination from that album, and this is Williams expanding on that sound that she crafted on her debut record.
On the opening verse, Williamson sings: “If you gotta amputate, Don’t give me the tourniquet, You wish that I would run away, Sever what isn’t working, But I let my body bleed out, Lean into my left side, If your part of me is gone now, Do I wanna survive?”
Speaking about the new record, Williams commented: “The meaning of the album as a whole is maybe entirely different from diving into each song in particular. For me, there’s no better way to tackle these individual subjects other than holistically. The ways I’ve been given time (forcibly, really) to stew on certain pains long enough to understand that they, in fact, need to be released…indefinitely,” she said.
“This isn’t really a follow-up to Petals For Armor. If anything, it’s a prequel or some sort of detour between parts one and two of Petals,” she added. ”I had written a long and poetic press release but man, after 16 years of being in the music business, six albums, and a lot of ’strategies’ for how to ’roll-out’ a project the right way… writing more words in an attempt to describe better words I’ve written for the album at hand just seemed so boring and silly.
“I wrote and performed this album in its entirety. That’s a career first for me. I recorded it at my home in Nashville, the home at which I’ve resided since Paramore released After Laughter. 2020 was really hard but I’m alive and so my job is to keep living and help others to do the same.”
Williams has savoured this new lease of life she has had since going solo, and her creativity levels seem to have reached optimum heights. Creating a record all by herself is a challenge that she has risen to. She should have been on the road, touring her debut album and instead has put this free time beavering away in the studio.
‘My Limb’ is another fine offering that Williams has delivered, and her solo work seems to be her focus for the foreseeable future. The opportunity to flex her creative muscles in this setting where she only has to account for herself is one that she continues to thrive off.