Continuing to captivate us with her unique ability to combine fantasy, drama, and intricate musical flair, Woodes‘ latest track is yet another display of her incredible versatility. From melodically masking pain to lyrically emphasising finality, Close creates an exquisitely haunting journey through grief and loss.

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This song is dedicated to Deidre Mountjoy, Lynda Grant & Kay Resing‘ – Woodes.

Woodes has a remarkable ability to draw on obscurity and contrast and make it all gel together. From the jazzy brass that starts the song and continues to lace the track, to fluttering flutes and her signature big rolling drums, Woodes continues to exhibit her innate ability to harness emotion, space and theatrics.

Showing her sonic and lyric versatility, Close takes a step back from the fantastical imagery we’ve seen in tracks like Queen of the Night, while still managing to sprinkle some magic across the melody.

It’s about the loss of a family member. Entwined in a story of how we, as children race to grow up. These stories and themes run through the rest of the record, but this was the foundation stone. It’s a song that I’m incredibly proud of. In a time where we can’t be with our loved ones, in a time of collective grief and collective hope, I hope this song can take you somewhere beautiful.


Seeing out the track is the line ‘But what do I know? I just know you’re close‘, striking you at the last moment to remind you of the heartbreak and the sense of grief being shared in the song. It goes to show just how cleverly orchestrated the track is – that you can get lost in the whirlwind of the stunning journey and momentarily forget the deep sentiment.

Woodes describes Close as ‘the first piece of the puzzle‘ that started the process for her debut album Crystal Ball (out November 13). The track was written and recorded in one afternoon, and marks the first of several songs she worked on with The Kite String Tangle. Woodes says of the process ‘Sami Constantine, Danny [Harley] and I stood back from the speakers at the end with goosebumps… I took it home with care, knowing this was the first step of the album.  It means a lot to me.

Stream Close below or watch the official video shot in Africa by first-time director Alex Dyson:

Posted by Rebecca Costanzo