Funkiness mixed with a beat that makes you want to get up and dance.
It is clear that Paco Versailles has a knack from amazing melodies and catchy rhythms. ‘Shangri La’ is the perfect summer song. You could close your eyes and teleport yourself to a vibey sunset-hued beach party. As soon as I heard this song I fell in love with the feeling. It is something completely new and unique to this duo.
The term "Shangri La" has become synonymous with any earthly paradise - a permanently happy land, isolated from the troubles of the modern world. Steamy summer days turn into hot, hazy evenings, and light fades into a technicolor twilight in this psychedelic track. The line "heaven: I made it for myself" rings loud and clear, enhancing the idyllic utopia of flamenco-inspired guitar, syncopated basslines, and electronic production that have created their signature genre: dancemenco.
"The line "heaven: I made it for myself" rings loud and clear, enhancing the idyllic utopia of flamenco-inspired guitar, syncopated basslines, and electronic production that have created their signature"
Paco Versailles is a collaboration between guitarist/composer Vahagni and songwriter/producer Ryan Merchant (Capital Cities). Their sound is a mix of flamenco guitar rhythms with disco-leaning electronic production and captivating vocals, a new genre they call Dancemenco.
Paco Versailles first crossed paths back in 2016 when Vahagni joined Ryan's band Capital Cities as lead guitarist on a number of tours. The kindred spirits quickly became friends, discovering a shared outlook on life and art and a deep appreciation for Spanish culture. Through subconscious co-creation, the seeds of Dancemenco were planted and in 2019, Paco Versailles was born.
The name Paco Versailles was conceived while imagining a collaboration between their biggest influences, the legendary Spanish guitarist Paco De Lucia and French electronic artists Daft Punk and Air, both products of the Parisian suburb of Versailles.
Review by Hannah Schneider