"The Tracers" was originally inspired by dystopian sci-fi. "I had the title for a while and it suggested an otherworldly kind of being," Marr explained to NME
. "The vibe of the whole record has got an otherworldly sort of feeling to it anyway. It suggested some kind of intelligence. Not quite aliens, I'm not there yet. The idea of the song is that the Earth is looking towards alternative intelligence to help us out from the malaise or dilemma that we may find ourselves in."
He added: "The Tracers are the either a form of intelligence from a parallel universe, a different dimension or a different planet."