In August 2016, British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith announced via a social media update that she was working on her fourth studio album, whose title was to be "The Architect", but as she was expecting her first child with boyfriend Leyman Lahcine, the album's release was projected to be late 2017, after the birth of her child.
In an interview with BBC Radio 2 on September 1st, 2017, Paloma premiered the first single "Crybaby" and discussed tracks from the album. The title track, "The Architect" is about Mother Nature singing to humanity as a whole and expressing her disappointment. Paloma also said that one of her major inspirations for the album was Marvin Gaye's album "What's Going On", which discussed the Vietnam War. She claimed that she wants to discuss world events of the moment, partly as a means of expression for her child and because "someone needs to". The album's release date was confirmed for November 17th, 2017 in the same interview.