Single Review: Ellie Goulding – Close To Me (feat. Diplo & Swae Lee)

Ellie Goulding Close To Me

Ellie Goulding drops Diplo produced new single
Ellie Goulding returns after the biggest break she had from releasing new music since her breakthrough back in 2010. The British singer-songwriter and pop star released her most recent album Delirium back in 2015. She briefly returned in 2016 for the Bridget Jones’s Baby soundtrack ‘Still Falling For You’, while her 2017 Kygo collaboration became a hit too. It does seem like Goulding is actually kicking off a brand new era in her career now. She just dropped the first single ‘Close To Me’, a collaboration with producer Diplo and rapper Swae Lee.


The track starts off with a guitar riff that immediately brings back the vibe of Goulding’s much praised debut record Lights. Soon after, ‘Close To Me’ is taken over by a trap pop production, giving it a contemporary sound. Right on the money actually! Where I was initially disappointed by the lack of strong melodies on her previous lead single, Ellie did not let me down in that department this time around. ‘Close To Me’ has an instant, very radiofriendly chorus of which especially the ’cause I’m an animal’ bits are insanely catchy. The lyrics are all about being wild with someone you have a strong connection with; nothing groundbreaking really, but something a lot of us can relate to. As for Swae Lee’s contribution; it is decent, but I would have rather seen this as a solo track than a duet. ‘Close To Me’ certainly does not match the tracks on her more experimental magnum opus Halcyon, but it is a great tune to ease her back into the top of the charts with.

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