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Weezer Share Orchestral New Single 'All My Favorite Songs' From New Album 'OK Human': Watch

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Brendan Walter

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Hold on to your hard drives! Weezer will unleash their new album OK Human in just one week, but you can get an early taste in the form of the LP's first single, released first thing Thursday (Jan. 21).

“All My Favorite Songs” dropped alongside an official music video, which opens with a teenager dejectedly scrolling on a Facebook-esque website called “OK Human Friends.” He comes across the profile of a girl his age and is pleasantly surprised when they’re able to make a (literal) connection after he tugs her through their computer monitors to unite in real life. Together, they embark on an adventure that ends up in Weezer’s studio, and they rock out as the band performs.

Unfortunately, things take a turn when the teen realizes everyone is glued to their phones -- including his newfound crush. He tries to tear them away from the screens to no avail, and so he escapes back to his bedroom.

The Colin Read-directed visual is a pointed commentary on technology and connection that fans can expect to be woven throughout OK Human, which a press release describes as “a Technicolor symphonic spree that meditates on how over-and-under-connected we all are, particularly in a year where we can see each other with greater ease, but can’t be physically near each other at all.”

Meanwhile, the strings-driven song finds frontman Rivers Cuomo recalling a dark period, during which the things that usually give him pleasure instead have him feeling depressed. “All my favorite songs are slow and sad/ All my favorite people make me mad/ Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad/ All my favorite songs are slow and sad,” he laments over orchestral production.

In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, the band revealed the album's purposely no-tech origin story, which they said was created by a "handful of humans using only analog technologies (including a 38-piece orchestra)... 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."

According to the tweets, there were no click tracks, no loops, no hi-tech sounds. In fact, they claim there's "not even an electric guitar" on the album. “All My Favorite Songs” is Weezer’s first release since "Beginning of the End" in August 2020. OK Human is due Jan. 29. 

Watch the new video and see the tweets below.