This Tales Of Us
track was inspired by a trip that vocalist Alison Goldfrapp made to Iceland. Also of influence were her obsession with water and myths, plus the 2013 movie Philomena
. She explained to The Idolator
: "I read a lot of noir books and I'm a huge fan of European cinema — all these things fed into the narrative of the music and also the narrative of the lyrics. I wanted to make something where each song felt like a little film."