Hayley Williams has announced a new album, Flowers for Vases / Descansos, out Friday. The LP follows her three-part 2020 album Petals for Armor and, like its predecessor, was produced by Daniel James and engineered by Carlos de la Garza.
“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,” Williams posted to her Instagram story on Thursday. “I had written a long and poetic press release but man, after 16 years of being in the music business, 6 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.”
She added: “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. Yes, Paramore is still a band.”
Flowers for Vases / Descansos follows the release of Williams’ acoustic EP Petals for Armor: Self-Serenades, which featured acoustic versions of the Petals tracks “Simmer” and “Why We Ever,” as well as a previously unreleased song, “Find Me Here.”