This song's sound is typical of the much denser and heavier instrumentation on High Violet
compared to what the National has done previously. Aaron Dessner explained to The Quietus
: "'Loose wool' is 'Terrible Love.' I remember Bryce saying, 'Ok, what does loose wool sound like?' and Matt went, 'bam-bam-bam' [makes much more sense audibly] so then I created this effect and turned the amp up beyond loud, tuned the guitar down and just had these harmonic pedals on that make it sound weird. I was strumming simple chords – the chord progression is like a Bon Jovi progression, like G, C – but because of the weird effect it doesn't sound like it. So we ran with that idea and a lot of the songs have a similar texture."