Halfnoise, Paramore's Zac Farro, Drops the Most Sunshiny Breakup Album You'll Hear This Fall: Exclusive Premiere

Zachary Gray


How’d you spend your summer vacation? Zac Farro spent his drumming on the new Paramore album and readying Sudden Feeling, the second full-length from his intensely vibey solo project Halfnoise. As we all look to the final third of 2016, Zac’s got an awful lot going for him. While we don’t exactly know when we’ll hear Paramore’s fifth album, we do know we’re getting Sudden Feeling this Friday. And now, we’re excited to premiere the new Halfnoise in its entirety.

Sudden Feeling might sound like the audio equivalent of a lazy, late-summer Sunday at the beach, but it’s actually based on a breakup. Thing is, Farro is a happy, well-adjusted guy listening to a lot of Tame Impala, that there’s not much room for angst when he sits down to his keys and drum kit. 

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But it wasn’t always that way. Zac and his older brother Josh left Paramore in 2010, citing personal differences with Hayley Williams in a well-publicized open letter. Josh (Paramore’s old guitarist and co-songwriter) got married and eventually released music on his own. Zac lived in New Zealand for a while, fell in and out of love and eventually came back to the States. He made up with his friends in Paramore and got to find his own voice in Halfnoise. He was barely a teenager when Paramore started up; now at 26, he’s drastically younger than most with over a decade’s worth of music-industry experience.

Sudden Feeling means more to me than any music I have created yet,” Zac Farro tells Billboard. “I felt really connected in all areas with this album and didn't once overthink it. … The lyrical content really helped me get through some hard times and the music being so upbeat helped lighten the mood.” 

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The album was written in Nashville and recorded in Los Angeles with friends Phil Danyew and Scott Cleary. The band is currently planning tour dates for late 2016 and early 2017. 

“My hope is that people take the 34 or so minutes to listen to the entire album because I feel like you don't get the whole picture from just one song.”

Well, here you go: