Weezer have released “All My Favorite Songs,” a new single from Weezer’s surprise new album OK Human, out next week.
Loaded with strings that evoke “Bittersweet Symphony,” a gorgeous piano progression and River Cuomo’s penchant for catchy melodies, “All My Favorite Songs” offers an exciting first glimpse into Weezer’s new album. In both the song and its video, the band take aim at social media malaise, with the clip following a teen connecting with a new friend online and teleporting through his computer to join Weezer in the studio.
OK Human is indeed a reference to Radiohead’s iconic album OK Computer, but the band confirmed in a press release that their new songs sound nothing like the British band or the classic record. Instead, the group took inspiration from the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Randy Newman’s self-titled debut album.
In a thread on Twitter, Weezer shed more light on the making of OK Human, which was recorded during “the summer of COVID-19.” The band revealed that only analog technology, including a 38-piece orchestra, was used to make the album.
“OK Human was made at a time when humans-playing-instruments was a thing of the past. All we could do is look back on ancient times when humans really mattered and when the dark tech-takeover fantasy didn’t exist,” they wrote. “We used our instruments to connect to the 1960s and 1970s and, with the orchestra, back to the 18th and 19th centuries. We had no click track or loops or hi-tech sounds. Not even an electric guitar.”
OK Human will arrive on January 29. On May 7, Weezer will follow that up with the album Van Weezer, which was postponed from a May 2020 release.
Watch the video for “All My Favorite Songs” here: