NPR Music chose “Hate To See Your Heart Break” as one of their “Songs We Love” and also premiered the new video which features Joy Williams, formerly of the Civil Wars. Friends for over a decade, Hayley and Joy came together to record a duet on the track, originally off of Paramore’s self-titled album released last year. NPR said of the duet, “The pair’s camaraderie lends warmth to both the performance and the video.”
Hayley told NPR of the song, “I think down deep I had been dying to write a song like this for a long time. What I love about ‘Heartbreak’ in particular is that both vocal melodies are strong enough to be leads but they sort of act as harmonies to each other.” Hayley added, “I love that I got to sing this with someone who I have shared my pains and my stories with for quite some time. Someone whom I know well and who I’ve sat and listened to as they share their own pains. It was never meant as romantic song between lovers but always a song to a friend. Now it’s even more special. I think of it as an ode to sisterhood. Close friendship between women who share their stories with each other and who lift each other up and understand one another.”
Joy also told NPR, “I grew up harmonizing with women, it felt really natural singing with Hayley. I remember she and I talked that day in studio, about how we have some similar traits in our voices. All we had to do was give into that for our harmonies to really come together. The blend felt natural, very much like family.”
The duet is one of the new features on the newly released “Paramore: Self-Titled Deluxe” digital edition. The expanded deluxe edition of the band’s chart-topping self-titled album also features the never-before-heard 2012 demo “Tell Me It’s Okay,” two bonus tracks “Escape Route” and “Native Tongue,” and live tracks recorded from Paramore’s stop at Denver’s Red Rocks this past summer as part of the band’s co-headline MONUMENTOUR with Fall Out Boy.
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