his upcoming third studio album, Last Year Was Complicated. The
track features guest vocals from Swedish singer Tove Lo . It was
released on March 25, 2016, by Island, Safehouse and Republic
Records as the album's lead single. The song was written by
Robin Fredriksson , Mattias Larsson , Julia Michaels, Justin
Tranter , and Tove Lo. It has peaked at number 26 on the Billboard
Hot 100 .
During a Twitter session, Jonas explained that the track is "about
how I literally can't open up and be vulnerable with someone".
The melody of the song was released over the days before the
release of the song, through several tweets.
James Grebey of Spin magazine called "Close" a "sultry" track
and is deeply personal . Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone
magazine called the song a sexy, steel-drum-assisted single.
Jonas performed the song live with Tove Lo on Saturday Night
Live on April 16, 2016. On April 24th, 2016 he performed the
song during his 75min set at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. He
performed the song with Thomas Rhett and Daniella Bradbery for
an Upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads . He and Tove Lo are
set to perform the song live on May 22, 2016 at the 2016
Billboard Music Awards. On April 28th, Both of them performed
the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live .
Conor Maynard performed a mash-up of the singles "Close" and
"King" of Years & Years.
The music video was released the same day as the single. The
video depicts both singers unable to physically touch each other
as they are continuously pulled away from the other. As their
clothes are ripped away, the pair is able to finally get close. The
more vulnerable the pair get, the closer they are able to get.
The video was directed by Tim Erem