It’s been a little while in-between releases for Ellie Goulding but after wrapping up her ‘Delirium World Tour’ in 2016 she decided to take a break to live a bit of a normal life and experience things again as she’s been non-stop releasing and touring since 2010. In this period she got engaged, has been very politically active and played a festival run of shows whilst also working on new music. With her fourth album due very soon the UK singer-songwriter has finally dropped the highly anticipated lead single. Teaming up with Diplo and Swae Lee, ‘Close To Me’ is an electronic-pop banger that experiments with a hip-hop beat layering. It’s a continuation of the heavier pop sound her last record explored but as she explained in an interview with Annie Mac, this song isn’t a true representation sonically of the forthcoming album. She has returned to her ‘Halcyon’ influenced indie pop with emotional lyrics but has hinted that you can still dance to it. And this song is a lyrically cute and vulnerable exploration into falling in love and not being able to be without someone. “And I don’t wanna be somebody without your body close to me. And if it wasn’t you, I wouldn’t want anybody “. You can’t help but smile and feel a little euphoric when you hear the chorus drop with her slight chord changes. And surprisingly Swae Lee’s verse adds a cool texture to the song. However Ellie’s contribution could have been a little more in this song with an extra verse or longer bridge. But it’s a strong beginning on this new era and will have you dancing instantly.