This is one of the few Of Montreal songs with a pop structure, complete with chorus that starts off the song. There are a few obscure references ("Satyr in Cyprus," "Tristan and Iseult
," but it's not nearly as dense as most of their songs and repeats the key line a few times:Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's pretend we're in Antartica
"On 'Wraith' I was making a few literary references in the verses to create an atmosphere that was a little more interesting to me than just a typical pop song, because the chorus is pretty simple," lead singer Kevin Barnes explained
in a Songfacts interview. "I have a tendency to include the things that have been inspiring me or add interest into my lyrics. I have a lot of literary references, film references and music references in the lyrics, and it's usually things that just happen to be on my plate at that time, like things I was reading, things that I was watching."
As for those two references, Tristan and Iseult
is an ancient story of young lovers thwarted when she is forced to marry another, and a Satyr is a figure in Greek mythology known for pursuing nymphs.