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Hayley Williams rethinks EP release in light of COVID-19 pandemic

By | Published on Friday 20 March 2020

Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams has announced that she has abandoned plans to release a second EPs worth of tracks from her upcoming ‘Petals For Armor’ album. Instead, she will release each one individually in the coming weeks, starting with Boy Genius collaboration ‘Roses / Lotus / Violet / Iris’, which is out now.

“I wanted to drop a line really quick to give an update about my upcoming album, ‘Petals For Armor’, and what’s going on with my music in light of the effect of COVID-19”, she wrote in a Facebook post. “I had planned on dropping another EP’s worth of songs this week but after a couple days of thinking about it, I just don’t feel comfortable going through with that plan anymore. My reason being that just like everyone else, I feel a lot of anxiety right now”.

“It feels like a huge weight to put out five songs all at once”, she went on. “There are sensitive topics for me in some of these songs. Since the immediate future is just a bit uncertain, I want this second set of songs to take up space and allow me opportunities to connect with people consistently and – hopefully – comfortably, not all at once, in an overwhelming heap”.

“So the new plan”, she concluded, “is to release each song from ‘Petals For Armor II’, individually – in a similar way to how I released the [first EP, which was made available in full last month]”.

As noted, the new track, ‘Roses / Lotus / Violet / Iris’, features vocals from Boy Genius – aka Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Listen to it here: