Impossible Tracks

Album: Ash & Ice (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This gospel-influenced tune is one of the few times that The Kills' Jamie Hince has written over the course of a night. He recalled to Tonedeaf.com: "I stayed up and the next day I had a song."
  • This samples the drums from Mighty Voices Of Wonder's 2006 track "I Thank the Lord." Hince recalled: "Everyone went to bed and I stayed up. I had that riff and I was struggling with it a little bit, not knowing what to do. I took a drum sample from this beautiful old soul song that had such a great feel, like a gospel demo, and then I wrote a song that was kind of from Alison's point of view – I was writing as if I was Alison. It's one of the few times I stayed up and wrote a song just like that, from start to finish."
  • The song's music video was shot at Melbourne, Australia's Luna Park. Alison Mosshart said of the clip:

    "Welcome to off season... winter time, blistering bitter cold, the park to ourselves all day and night. The lights buzzing, the gears cranking, a hallucinatory stream of whiplash and spin. We shot between bursts of monsoon weather and crooked wind, we rode the rides, played the games, and lost ourselves in the mirror house. Enter in, the guts of the park, through the mouth of lights, Luna's pearly teeth, past the big bad gaze of those glowing blue eyes... Buckle your belts and take the ride on Impossible Tracks."

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