EDM-pop hitmaker duo The Chainsmokers had what was arguably the most popular track of 2016. On Thursday, Jan. 12 the duo dropped what could potentially be their next huge track, “Paris.”
Different from their previous songs, “Paris” largely relies on vocals from The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart instead of a featured artist. Though, background vocals are provided by singer-songwriter Emily Warren. Warren has an impressive resume. She’s written songs for Little Mix, Shawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony, to name a few. She also co-wrote The Chainsmokers’ Daya-assisted “Don’t Let Me Down.” Taggart made his first vocal appearance on one of the duo’s songs in a duet with Halsey on “Closer.” But his work on “Paris” confirms not only that he’s able to carry a song alone, but also that The Chainsmokers can produce a hit song without the help of a featured vocalist.
Another thing that sets “Paris” apart from the duo’s previous releases is its lack of drops and dance floor builds. Sonically, “Paris” is much more laid-back. It makes use of guitars, drum beats and soft piano which all help to put the ultimate focus on the vocals and lyrics. While the lyrics repeat themselves in usual pop music fashion, it never feels repetitive.
The lyric video defines “Paris” as “a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine” and feeds into the song’s fantasy/nostalgia theme. The provided definition of “Paris” also seems to say that the song isn’t exactly referring to the city of Paris, but to a state of mind. This state of being immersed in nostalgia and glittery memories of past loves, vacations and the adventures of youth. It’s a pretty clever concept; one that makes us wait in anticipation for The Chainsmokers’ next release.
Listen to “Paris” here.