Hate To See Your Heart Break ft. Joy Williams by Paramore
‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ is a duet between the vocalist of the American alternative rock band Paramore and Joy Williams, the former vocalist of indie folk band The Civil Wars. The smooth voices of the artists merge into a sensitive pop-rock ballad, displaying the sad end of a love story and the possibility to reduce the pain through friendship.
The action of ‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ is placed in the Californian The Village studio. There is no scenario scheduled, but a suite of common activities performed by the artists, such as establishing the text of the song that is to be recorded, the recording itself, as well as the friendly chats during recording pauses. They drink coffee, rehearse the song and perform it as old friends, the magic of the video relying on the ordinary gestures they perform in their double perspective.
Harley Williams, the Paramore’s vocalist and Joy Williams feel joyfully during the creation process, they seem to play with candles and the microphone’s wires, while during the recording they perform the same gestures, as gently touching with their hands the image of their former partners, suggesting the sorrow felt by breaking up a relationship. While ending the song, the two artists get off their headphones and embrace, reconfirming their strong friendship.
‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ was initially recorded in 2013 with Hayley Williams voice, but the band released a new version of it in 2014, as a promotional single for their fourth deluxe studio album ‘Paramore’. In addition to the long friendship uniting Joy William and Hayley Williams, the song marks the first collaboration between Paramore’s vocalist and another artist. The song is created by Hayley Williams and Taylor York, the guitarist of the band. The Grammy-winning producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen mastered ‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’, previously producing songs for Garbage, Tori Amos, Dido or Macy Gray.
The video associated with ‘Hate To See Your Heart Break’ was launched in November 2014, being directed by Chuck David Willis. The Chinese-originated director, previously collaborating with Chelsea Lankes (‘Secret’), Devan Dubois (‘Long Live’) or Ginny Blackmore (‘Bones’), created a video in sepia, in order to highlight the strong relationship between the two artists, mutually sharing their experiences, as well as joining forces for the creation of the song itself. Chuck David Willis alters the plans displaying the two artists, as well as overlapping them especially in the chorus, to express the mutual feelings connecting them.