Ellie Goulding has made a welcome return and brought some friends along with her. Goulding released her new single "Close To Me" this week, featuring Diplo and Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee, and you can listen to it now by playing the video above.
"Close To Me" is another love song from the British pop sensation, but this one has a lot more teeth. The single finds Goulding singing about a relationship that defies public opinion and common sense. With lyrics like "we both know we're liars," it's definitely not a feel-good romantic ballad; this is more like a "ride or die" type anthem as she talks about being kicked out of parties and starting fires.
EDM star Diplo lends his unique sound to the track, providing some catchy programmed instrumentals, while Swae Lee steps in with his own rap verse about leaving his former girlfriend for his current crush. As crossovers between pop stars and rap stars have become more and more common, "Close To Me" is one of the better ones, and will likely hook fans of all three artists.
The single is somewhat of a homecoming, too. Goulding previously was featured on the song "Powerful" from Major Lazer, the EDM trio that Diplo is a founding member of (but that may not exist much longer). "Close To Me" shows that the two still work very well together, and while she hasn't recorded with Swae Lee before, he brings a new element that Ellie Goulding fans won't have heard in her music before.
It's also Goulding's first new song in two years, and only the second that she has released since she took the pop world by storm with Delerium back in 2015. She wrote and recorded the single "Still Falling For You" for the soundtrack to Bridget Jones' Baby in 2016, but after that, she was relatively quiet. The wait was worth it, however, because with "Close To Me" she proves she hasn't missed a beat.
With just one tour date left this year, hopefully, the release of "Close To Me" means that Goulding is already back in the studio or will be recording new music in the near future. Her fantastic voice has been sorely missed, and this single leaves the listener wanting a lot more.
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