British indie rock band Wild Beasts' third album Two Dancers features a more synth-oriented sound than their previous two releases. However, the band got through several synthesizers whilst recording. Bassist Tom Fleming explained to Drowned In Sound: "The synth used on this track was then to die immediately after, and this is its only legacy." Fleming added that the synth they played for "Reach a Little Further" also "died after the event."
The song sees the narrator listing the sacrifices he'll make for his lover. Fleming told the story of the song to Drowned in Sound: "One of the first we wrote, in a demo session that predated the album by about eight months. Almost all of the sounds on this track are so-called "real" instruments, treated and filtered to sound unfamiliar. This is a playful song, and if I may, a bit of a disco banger, or at least as close to one as we dared."
Wild Beasts are well known for their liberal use of literary references, and this song sees them working two classic tragedies, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Shakespeare's Hamlet into the lyric.