This was released as the lead single from the Pixies' EP2. The songs were recorded during October 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales and were produced by Gil Norton. They were made available to fans via a limited edition 10" vinyl, which came complete with a black patch-stitched hoodie. Alternatively, fans could simply download the EP via Pixies website.
Vocalist Black Francis explained the song's meaning: "It's a tale from the northwestern part of the UK," he said, "and it's a witch-woman kind of a song. That's what a 'hexe' is, and ours is a blue-eyed hexe."
A Hexe is a German word for a witch. The German medieval metal band Subway to Sally once recorded a song titled "Die Hexe."
Guitarist Joey Santiago said of his contribution: "Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you're going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe."
The song was originally teased by Frank Black in a Vine clip in August 2013 and debuted by the band the following month during an unannounced show at Los Angeles' Echo.
The lyric "Nixes from the Queets" combines German mythology with the name of a river in Washington state. Black Francis told Mojo magazine that Pixies songs exist on "an abstract plain."