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OK Human is an upcoming studio album by Weezer.
|Studio album by Weezer|
|Recorded||January 2019 - November 2020|
|Label||Crush Music/Atlantic Records|
Rivers Cuomo first confirmed the album's existence to Zane Lowe in January of 2019. Said Cuomo: "Our next album is not on the grid, we’ve just recorded the basic tracks there’s no click, no grid. We don’t have a real title, but the key word we have to inspire us at the moment is ‘masterpiece’. It’s produced by Jake Sinclair who did the White Album."
Rivers Cuomo first mentioned the album's working title "OK Human" in an interview with Los Angeles Times published on February 22, 2019, about a week before the release of The Black Album. Cuomo described the album as "piano-based, very eccentric, with strings already recorded at Abbey Road." Cuomo mentioned that his influences for the album were George Gershwin and Harry Nilsson (specifically, the album Nilsson Sings Newman). Cuomo also confirmed the existence of another project tentatively titled Van Weezer.In a July 2019 interview by the music outlet All Things Loud, Brian Bell described the album as being "about technology and how it’s running our life". Said Bell:
OK Human is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, unlike any other type of music and unlike any Weezer music. In the bass, if you really broke it down to its common denominator, it still goes one, four, five in a major key for the most part. That’s very Weezer, that’s very Sweater Song, but it does it in more sophisticated ways.
In an interview with Spanish magazine MondoSonoro, Bell described the basis of the album as "a string section", and that the album would also feature acoustic guitars, a Hammond organ, and would sound very "airy and open". Bell also described the album as one of his favorite albums the band has made thus far. In an August 2019 interview with the Spanish blog Binaural, Bell confirmed that the album's string section was recorded before anything else, and suggested that Crush Management would prefer to release Van Weezer before OK Human.
On April 10, Rivers stated on the video conferencing platform Zoom that, at the time, the album was 75% complete. He followed this up by saying the album would likely not be released in 2020. On April 17, he explained the premise to a fan as "very much a day in the life of [himself], but from a very private place." In a Zoom conference on May 9, Cuomo opened by performing a cover of "Heart-Shaped Box" by Nirvana. Afterwards, Cuomo recalled being struck by the song's use of "tar pits" in its lyrics as he had, one day prior, recorded tracks for an OK Human song titled "La Brea Tar Pits". On May 14, Cuomo shared a photo via Snapchat of a studio, with visible sheet music titled "Dead Roses". On May 15, Cuomo confirmed in an interview with Mike Jones of the radio station DC101 that the string section was the first to be recorded for the album and that, at the time of the interview, only his piano parts were yet to be completed.
On August 13, Weezer announced that their currently planned release Van Weezer was being delayed further into May 2021. They also hinted that songs from OK Human would release in the meantime, possibly signaling the release order of the two albums had been switched.
On August 20, a Riverchat user asked Cuomo about 1984 by George Orwell, Cuomo revealed that there was a song on the album that referenced the novel. Rivers went on to quote lyrics from said song that referenced both 1984 and Herman Melville's Moby Dick in addition to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway.
On August 26, Rivers edited the album's Riverpedia page to include the song's title, "Rock My Audible". On October 1 through the streaming platform TikTok, Cuomo revealed that the band had a photo shoot earlier that day, later confirming it to be "for the OK Human artwork and the whole album cycle". On October 23, Cuomo replaced the song title "Rock My Audible" with the title "Grapes of Wrath" on the OK Human Riverpedia entry, implying that the track was renamed.
Known Track Titles
- "La Brea Tar Pits"
- "Dead Roses"
- "Here Comes the Rain"
- "Bird with a Broken Wing"
- "Grapes of Wrath" (possibly a retitle of "Rock My Audible")
- "Aloo Gobi"