John Grant closes his second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, with this track where he describes how the pain of homophobia distorts one's emotional landscape. "It's interesting to watch the young gays these days, because they're so much less afraid in general, but there are still huge communities where it's not OK at all," he told The Observer, adding that it is "the song that I wish I would have heard when I was a teenager."
Grant was living in Iceland when he recorded the album. This song was inspired by a 10 hour drive the west coast to the east coast of the island during the Easter of 2012. "I saw a lot of glaciers on the way," he told The Independent. "And I thought about them as a metaphor for how pain carves a path in you, but can also result in a new landscape."