Hot Chip Gave ‘Dead Horse’ by Hayley Williams a Frantic Dance Remix — and it Works (Listen)

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In early May, Hayley Williams of Paramore stepped out on her own with her first official solo album, Petals for Armor — a deep collection of songs showcasing her versatility as an artist and willingness to embrace vulnerability.

One of the album’s standout tracks was “Dead Horse,” a rhythmic and deliriously catchy song released as a single:

The immediacy of that track makes “Dead Horse” a prime candidate for remixing, which English dance/indie group Hot Chip did with a new remix that was premiered this week.

This is actually the second remix of “Dead Horse,” following one a few weeks back by Glass Animals — and theirs is significantly different in tone and feel from Hot Chip’s:

More on Petals for Armor, from our album review:

At the heart of Petals for Armor is vulnerability. Pure, raw, messy vulnerability, the product of years of turmoil within Paramore and outside the band, as Williams dealt with a short-lived marriage to Chad Gilbert, guitarist of New Found Glory. The tumult led to a bout with deep depression, which Williams opened up about with Vulture:

I felt scared to talk about depression for a long time. When I wrote that, I hadn’t been diagnosed. I’m a smart enough person. I can think through what I’m going through even when I’m really down on myself. A lot of people with anxiety or depression are intellectual and can understand, but it’s bigger than that. It’s a chemical problem. I was realizing how out of my control it was. It mattered to talk about it. Getting that down in front of me was a turning point.

Petals for Armor is a eye-opening accomplishment from Hayley Williams. She’s emerged from the darkness of the past few years stronger than ever, and it will be very exciting to see where her career goes from here.

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