This was released as the lead single from The National's seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast
. While most of the songs revolve around the fears and struggles within relationships, this was inspired by the divisive 2016 election that resulted in Donald Trump becoming president.
"That one, for me, is a hibernation - the dark before the dawn sort of thing," singer and lyricist Matt Berninger told Pitchfork
. "That one's less about relationships than it is more of the strange way our world and our idea of identity mutates - sometimes overnight, as we've seen recently. It's an abstract portrait of a weird time we're in."