Co- vocalist Anders SG told Billboard
the song reminded the band "of some of the more melancholy Motown hits" such as The Four Tops "Standing In The Shadows Of Love
." Because of this the group decided they "wanted to have a kind of upbeat soul groove together with the pop hooks."
He added: "'Shadows' has a kind of signature drumbeat, which we like to think has become a bit of an Alphabeat trademark."