In the video’s description, Williams described the track as having come out “six million years ago b.c. (corona) but I still love it and it keeps evolving”. Watch the performance below:
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this song came out 6 hundred years ago, b.c. (corona) but i still love it and it keeps evolving. “SIMMER”. thanks for listening to me sing to myself all these months. i have really enjoyed sharing lil glimpses into my solitude like this. hope you’re stayin safe and allowing yourself some peace in your own solitude. 🖤 oh yeah, Alf says hello.
‘Simmer’ arrived back in February and was the first track lifted from Williams’ debut solo album, ‘Petals For Armor’. Upon its release, NME described the single as “a dark and twisted pop curveball” which “throws any history in the bin and starts afresh down a path of left-field pop music”.
Williams has been regularly publishing recordings of covers and other performances during the coronavirus pandemic. Notable performances include covers of Bjork’s ‘Unison’, SZA’s ‘Drew Barrymore’ and Tegan and Sara’s ‘Call It Off‘.
‘Petals For Armor’ was released in May through Atlantic. The record earned a four-star review from NME, which called it “fiercely vulnerable alt-pop”.
“‘Petals for Armor’ marks another sonic departure for Williams – though her knack for offsetting dark and menacing lyrics with a sugary-sour melody very much remains,” the review read.
“The underlying message of Hayley Williams’ stunning solo album is this: wear your flaws like a coat of gleaming armour and find strength in being open and vulnerable.”