Watch Hayley Williams perform for NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ concert
Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams became the latest big name to get creative with NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert as she ran through a mini-set comprised of material from her solo album Petals for Armor.
Her debut solo record has been a resounding success and that has allowed her to show off her fragilities more so than she had done with Paramore, it’s a magnificent body of work which represents where she currently is as an artist. Williams previously said of the record: “Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing Petals for Armor. And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation. I’m in a band with my favourite musicians so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records.”
She added: “This project, however, benefitted from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more. I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record.
“I like to think we all make each other better and the result is something that sounds and feels exactly as I’d hoped it would. Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”
Performing songs from the record live for the first time, the singer ran through renditions of ‘Pure Love,’, ‘Taken’ and ‘Dead Horse’ in a mini-show which included Becca Mancari and Julien Baker as part of her band.