Stephen Malkmus told Billboard
the story of his collaboration with Kim Gordon:
"I had the song already, I had sang the second verse myself. We listened back and were like, 'Eh it's good, but wouldn't it be fun if we had a female or just somebody else to sing the second verse?' The lyrics are coming from a woman's perspective anyway, so yeah, we were fantasy Rolodex-ing the type of people who would be fun. Why not dream?
We got our group of people together, and everyone when I mentioned Kim, the overarching reaction – from the engineer to Chris – was like 'yeah man you know her?' I was 'yeah I know Kim, I'll ask, send it to her.' She responds to my texts or whatever. And she was like 'yeah sure.' The lyrics were in the bag.
I was more, initially, thinking to get more of a country singer, old Nashville or someone with some twang like Angel Olsen – I never asked her though – but then thought 'why not do something unexpected?'
It's not unexpected to have Kim play with me, but have her on this song (is). She was up for it. Flew up, hung out for a couple days, she was professional or whatever. She's super active, always has something going on."