With its hip-hop-style synth beats, this is a sonic departure for Lissie, whose earlier work was built on acoustic and electric guitars and the occasional piano. Surprisingly, the urban sound emerged when Lissie moved from California to a farm in Iowa. "You would think that being on a farm, it'd be like picking a banjo on the porch," she told Songfacts in 2019
. "Actually, I experimented a lot more with tracks and beats and meaty synths and stuff because I was so remote. I was living out in the country and I wanted to be home, so people would bring a portable studio to me and that led to me experimenting more with digital instrumentation, whereas in the past it had always been live instruments. So, ironically, moving to a farm made me put more technology into my songwriting. Just out of necessity and convenience because what I was making, I was enjoying, so I went with it. You can tell Castles
has a little bit more of that synth bass sound to it because a lot of ideas were kind of hatched there."