This was one of the first things that frontman Yannis Philippakis wrote for Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1
. He explained to Consequence of Sound
: "I had just been messing around with my lute pedal in my house and I'd been listening to this Bulgarian choral record and I was chopping it up and it felt fresh to us, like something we hadn't done before."
The more Foals thought about it, the more they felt like it was the perfect introduction to the album. "The lyrics infer this idea of moving from the past into the future," Yannis explained, "and it felt like the right way to start the record."