In a Rhapsody
interview, James Shaw explained the inspiration for the title Fantasies
: "[It's] the idea of dreaming, we're dreamers... There was a quote that kept us in line on the content, which was a guy who said something in a hotel party: he thought it would be interesting if our next record was not so much about pointing out what's wrong with the current state of the world, but possibly dreaming about the world that Metric would want to live in, and shedding light on a possible future that would be a better world to live in. That idea stayed with us. We're trying to envision a world that doesn't have a shopping list of problems, the four of us feel like we're entering an age of hope instead of an age of pessimism."