The song is Compass' most upbeat tune to date. He explained to Digital Spy
why he moved away from his usual dark matter for the track. "I'd been putting out a lot of vibes and I love them, but people were asking 'Why is your stuff so dark? Does this sum you up?,'" Compass said. "When I started putting music out, I realised that some people just assume that your music is you, and that's right for them to do - but it's only when you put music out there that you realize. I was like, 'I can't have people thinking I'm this guy that's really dark and only had bad stuff happen to him in his life', so I was like, 'Let me make my lyrics catch up with where I am now.'"
"Things are a lot better now," he added, "so I wanted to write a song in a more upbeat way, and 'Girlfriends' is what I came up with."