When speaking with Zane Lowe for his Beats 1 radio show, Grimes revealed she wrote the new tune the night Lil Peep passed away.
“I mean, the song is pretty, it’s a pretty bummer song. Oh my God, I’m so bad at talking about this song,” she said. “I guess this song is kind of- I guess it’s kind of about the opioid epidemic and that kinda thing ’cause uh, I’ve had like, quite a few friends actually like, pass away in particular one friend when I was like 18 passed away, from complications related to opioid addiction. It’s just like, you know, artists keep dying and stuff so, I wrote this song on the night Lil Peep died or whatever ’cause I just got super- super triggered by that.”
Grimes went on to disclose that she stripped away many of the components of “Delete Forever” to get the final product. She also added that she was initially going for a Patsy Cline type of vibe.
“It’s funny ’cause the finished product, is actually basically almost the demo,” she said. “Like, this was definitely a situation where I took the song, made the song, and spent like months trying to make the song, you know- Like, uh. Like it needs at least one other guitar, you know, like just kinda like, trying to make it something, and then like right when we were mixing, like right at the last minute, I was just like literally, went to the 800 files and just like delete, delete, delete, delete, delete, like deleting just killing stems and then- I think like at the- when I was making this song I was trying to be more like, I think I was like, oh, I’m like Patsy Cline or something, like I was trying to be like country or something- But I feel like its- it ends up having this sort of like Wonderwall kind of vibe or something. I feel like there’s a reason that song is so popular. Like, that song does rule.”
You can stream Grimes’ “Delete Forever” below, then check out her interview with Zane Lowe beneath. Again, the song will appear on her new album, Miss Anthropocene, which releases February 21.