Last month, Hayley Williams promised fans a sampling of a new solo project, her first outside Paramore. On Wednesday (Jan. 22), Williams introduced her debut solo album Petals for Armor with a chilling, cinema-quality music video for the equally spine-tingling lead single "Simmer."
The video finds Williams running through the moonlit woods before coming across animal bones, a glowing orb, and a lonely house bearing some very dark secrets. It's a fitting mood-setter for "Simmer," a calmly sinister alternative pop song with an alluring bass groove and an extremely catchy chorus. And while Paramore is on break, "Simmer" shows Williams has kept busy with her usual collaborators: the new song was produced by Paramore guitarist Taylor York and written by Williams, York and Joey Howard, Paramore's live bassist for the touring cycle behind its 2017 album After Laughter. The "Simmer" video was produced by Warren Fu, who also produced the video for the After Laughter single "Rose-Colored Boy."