Diplo, Ellie Goulding, and Swae Lee release luxe music video for ‘Close To Me’
Ellie Goulding has closed a multi-year hiatus from the release ring via the Diplo and Swae Lee collaboration, “Close To Me.” Although the sharp, signature soprano tone of Goulding’s voice might have initially appeared an inconceivable pairing with the silk of Swae Lee’s often hip-hop-leaning vocals and verses — let alone Diplo’s electronic groundings — “Close To Me” proved a harmonious showing, despite the seeming eclecticism of its artists. Goulding’s first original effort since 2016, and an introduction to what remains yet to come on her fourth studio album, currently in the works, “Close to Me” now receives a visual.
Filmed in Budapest, Hungary, “Close To Me” pans from one hi-def shot of the Hungary landscape to another, to provide a luxe backdrop to Goulding and Lee’s verbal deliveries. The production is one of grandeur, both in terms of the sprawling majesty of the architecture that figures in the video, and Goulding’s styling. The British singer dons a number of arresting fashion statements that only further focalize the breathy vocalist as one of the video’s many aesthetic gems.