The song is an up-tempo, pop-oriented tune that received moderate airplay on alternative rock radios in the US in 1991. "Shadowtime" was remixed slightly for its single version, giving it a fuller, synthesized sound and adding some background vocals by Siouxsie Sioux.
^Unsworth, Cathi. "Through the past, darkly". Melody Maker. 17 October 1992. "Shadowtime". "This wasn't intended to be a single," Severin reveals. "It's a Roxy Music For Your Pleasure tribute for all you trainspotters out there!"