This song was originally written for Midlake's previous album, The Trials of Van Occupanther. It wasn't used but was given a last-minute reprieve and re-recorded down to the last note and re-instated as a the album's title track.
The album sleeve pays homage to a major favorite of the band-Andrei Rublev, the 1966 film by Russian writer and director Andrei Tarkovsky about the 15th-century icon painter Andrei Rublev.
Kevin from Reading, PaMidlake's best songs, like this one, do sound as if they could have been recorded in the 70s alongside "Lucky Man'' by ELP or "Thick as a Brick" by Jethro Tull. The entire "Van Occupanther" album is standout.