The string-driven song is the lead single from Weezer's 14th album, OK Human
. Rivers Cuomo first mentioned OK Human
prior to the release of Weezer (The Black Album)
in a a February 2019 interview with The Los Angeles Times
. He described it then as, "piano-based, very eccentric, with strings already recorded at Abbey Road."
The band had planned on releasing the record after their '70s and '80s metal-inspired record Van Weezer
, but when that album got delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group shifted their focus to completing OK Human
With the 38-piece Abbey Road orchestra already recorded, Cuomo took to his piano during the 2020 summer lockdown. Inspired by his love for Harry Nilsson's 1970 album Nilsson Sings Newman
, they completed OK Human
using only "analogue technologies."
"We used our instruments to connect to the 1960s and 1970s and, with the orchestra, back to the 18th and 19th centuries," Weezer said. "We had no click track or loops or hi-tech sounds. Not even an electric guitar."