Detroit singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens handles harmonies on this track. Guitarist Aaron Dessner explained to The Quietus
the valuable role he played: "Sufjan came in one day when we were struggling with 'Afraid Of Everyone' – that song was very difficult to make happen – and he just started playing the harmonium and singing along with it. He made up this little melody and he layered it four times – that gave the song a whole different dimension. That was his contribution."