It looks like Ellie Goulding is finally ready to make her way back to us…
The “Love Me Like You Do” hit-maker has teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Diplo and rapper-singer Swae Lee (one half of Rae Sremmurd) on her brand new single: “Close To Me,” her first new music since the release of her underrated 2015 album Delirium, which brought us gems like “Something in the Way You Move,” “Don’t Need Nobody” and “Army.”
Kicking off with a light guitar melody, Ellie gently croons her way into the calm production as warm, synth pulsations and buyout drum kicks luxuriously fill out the track. “And I don’t wanna be somebody without your body/ Close to me/ And if it wasn’t you, I wouldn’t want anybody/ Close to me (Yeah, yeah),” Ellie confesses on the hook. “‘Cause I’m an animal, animal-al/ Like animal, like you.”
The collaborative new release was written alongside pop dream-team Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson and Ilya, who had a hand in crafting Ellie‘s inescapable Fifty Shades smash “Love Me Like You Do,” as well as “On My Mind.”
It isn’t necessarily anything out of this world, but it does feel like the most logical sonic continuation from where Ellie left us with Delirium — an equally understated and maddeningly catchy bop. Welcome back, Ellie!