How do you follow one of the biggest songs of 2016? With another one in 2017 !! Less than a few weeks after The Chainsmokers’ Halsey assisted smash-hit Closer ended its multi-week long reign across multiple charts globally, the DJ duo are back with a new single “Paris“.
The low-key banger is a nostalgic ode to the City of Lights, painting a schmaltzy picture of millennial romance that’s marked by cigarette drags and disheveled hotel rooms. “We were staying in Paris / to get away from your parents,” it opens, “And I thought, ‘Wow, if I could take this in a shot right now / I don’t think that we could work this out,’” — a less-than-encouraging reflection on yet another tricky relationship song the duo have come up with. The song doesn’t see The Chainsmokers, straying too far from the nostalgic tone that helped propel their last hit all the way to the top of the charts.
“Paris” is the first Chainsmokers song without a featured vocalist since 2015’s “New York City,” which contained uncredited vocals by Victoria Zaro. While “Paris” also features uncredited female backing vocals by Emily Warren, Taggart takes the lead solo this time. Another big difference between “Paris” and the other Chainsmokers singles is the lack of a big EDM drop. Instead of relying on that time-tested feature to make the song a hit, the duo have chosen to go for a more toned down tune; making it more pop than dance.
Think Paris could be winter’s first ubiquitous jam? Judge for yourselves and listen below –