This is the upbeat leadoff track from The First Two Pages Of Frankenstein. The National created the album amid a difficult time for lead singer Matt Berninger, who was struggling with writer's block. "Even though we'd always been anxious whenever we were working on a record, this was the first time it ever felt like maybe things really had come to an end," said Berninger.
The band overcame this obstacle by approaching their music from a different perspective, leading to a new era for The National.
"Tropic Morning News," which is uncharacteristically upbeat for the indie group, served as a turning point in the album's creation process. Keyboardist Aaron Dessner described the song as "Dylan-esque" in its lyrics and a lot of fun to play, adding, "everything suddenly felt like it was coming alive again."