It reflects on the break down of relationships, due to internal and external pressures. I think a lot of relationships can fail due to someone not being able to accept the situation they find themselves in and find it easier to be nihilistic and ruin things when they were probably worth saving. The Idiot.
The Idiot is musically the most straightforward thing on the record. I wanted it to have a cold dislocated feel to it with an incessant ‘Krautrock’ feel and glassy guitar sound, I think that got lost to a certain extent but it moves pretty well and some of the instrumentation in the middle 8, Kyle’s guitar for instance, is among my favourite on the record. Sometimes it’s not worth fighting where a song develops, and I think this one just had to end up like this. The middle 8 is notable for me, as it contains some lovely keyboard instrumentation from Jake and references the title of the album in the lyric. In a way I think this, and the sentiment that nothing has or can be achieved, leads into the final section of the album and it’s resultant moods of regret.
It’s not the greatest thing in the world but it does a decent role on the record in terms of picking up the pace in the second half.