Watch Hayley Williams’ uplifting NPR ‘Tiny Desk’ set

Julien Baker and Becca Mancari were in her backing band.

Hayley Williams is the latest artist to perform a remote set for NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

Squeezed into a whitewashed room containing beige canvases, Williams performed tracks from her solo debut album Petals for Armor with a tight backing band featuring Julien Baker on guitar and Becca Mancari on keyboards.

Williams last performed for NPR three years ago with her band Paramore in support of 2017’s After Laughter, their most recent album. “I’ve never done this without Paramore,” the singer noted after opening with her funk-leaning track “Pure Love.” She also performed other Petals for Armor cuts “Taken” and “Dead Horse.”

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Williams has a new EP slated for release next Friday. Petals for Armor: Self-Serenades is named after Williams’ acoustic performance series on Instagram during lockdown, which included covers of Radiohead and Phoebe Bridgers, among others. The EP will encompass acoustic versions of “Simmer” and “Why We Ever” in addition to unreleased track “Find Me Here.”

Watch Williams’ Tiny Desk concert here:

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