Gracie Abrams Answers Fans' Prayers With the Long-Awaited Release of "Close To You"


Photo: Abby Waisler

Tie a ribbon in your hair and get ready to dance because Gracie Abrams has answered our prayers with the release of her long-awaited pop smash, “Close To You.” A rough version of the track was first teased on Instagram in 2017, which resulted in a seven-year long fan campaign for an official release. The young singer-songwriter’s forthcoming sophomore album, The Secret of Us, will be out later this month, and Abrams says, “It finally felt right to rework ['Close To You'] and include it on this album.”

Her debut album Good Riddance incorporated heavy folk influence, ushered in with the start of her working relationship with the prolific Aaron Dessner. “Close To You” is a simultaneous departure from that sound and return to form, introducing the world to a new side of her artistry, despite the song’s long history. After rapidly growing her fanbase by opening for Taylor Swift on her historic 'Eras Tour,' the rising star is embarking on a headline tour of her own, which sold out in less than a few days.

The signature raspiness in Abrams’s vocals is as dynamic as it is distinct, and in “Close To You” she proves that it also pairs perfectly with big pop production. Due to the track’s inception, it possesses a nostalgic quality yet seamlessly translates to the current landscape of music. Low synths and a pulsing beat lead up to the explosive chorus, as she delivers the captivating melody fans initially obsessed over. “Close To You” sheds Gracie’s artistic inhibitions, abandoning her usual soft indie sound to channel her inner pop diva.

As she repeats the lyrics, “And I burn for you / And you don't even know my name,” in the second verse, there’s an added layer of passion that’s so satisfying it’ll leave you wanting more. The last chorus also adds palpable energy, putting the replay value of this special track off the charts.

The magic of releasing a song with a long history and unique rapport with fans is not only felt through the community, when done right, it’s also felt in the spirit of the song itself. It’s easy to let the pressure of anticipation get to you, but here it feels complete. Abrams' delivery of “Close To You” harnesses that special power, making it so much more than just a great pop record. It’s a dialogue with the people who see themselves in her music, giving them direct access to a closeness similar to the type she yearns for in the lyrics.

Watch the "Close To You" lyric video below:


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