The Odlukek album benefited from a little help from Jimi Goodwin's friend, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey. "Guy's a mate, we've always talked about writing together," he told Q magazine. "He co-wrote 'Panic Tree,' which is about how mad both of our fathers were."
The track was inspired by Washington Phillips' gospel song "Lift Him Up, That's All." Goodwin told Under The Radar magazine: "Guy Garvey and I vowed that whenever we finally got a chance to collaborate, this idea would be the jumping-off point. It was."
Goodwin's now-deceased father suffered from bipolar disorder and their relationship were never completely rosy. He told The Independent: "Guy doesn't come from a conventional family – I mean, who does? – and I never knew where I was with my dad. I found that really touching, that [Guy] had grasped that from our conversations."