Chvrches' vocalist Lauren Mayberry told Pitchfork
about this anti-love song: "'Leave a Trace' is the middle finger mic-drop. It's about that point where you're like, 'There's no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won't feel better about it, you won't feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.'"
"It makes me feel better to write about that - I've done something constructive with it. You don't put that on other people, you put that into what you do. That's always the way I've written lyrics. My ex-partners are not friends with me, but I'm OK with that."