WEEZER - SZNZ: Summer LP
Second of Four Vivaldi-Inspired EPs
Weezer present one of their most exciting projects to date: SZNZ, a four EP song cycle of sorts. Already mythical across the internet, SZNZ will, fittingly, be released at the start of every season. Each EP will offer its own palette of colors, creatures, and emotions to explore. They're also being created in real time, made in tandem with the season themselves. Once they've all been released, the EPs will create an incredible collection of some of Weezer's best songs yet, which is no small feat for a band that never leaves the Zeitgeist.
SZNZ: Summer, the second part in the song cycle, continues the narrative started on SZNZ: Spring, bringing Pagan myths, Shakespeare, Catholic rituals, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and more to life. It's an angrier, indignant scorcher of an EP, taking the place of SZNZ: Spring's light-hearted tone. SZNZ: Summer is the classic Weezer 90's alt-rock sound filtered through 21st century production, making every note - and every emotion - bigger and bolder. Like on Spring, lyrics juxtapose ancient and modern elements right next to each other in a seamless way that only frontman Rivers Cuomo can make feel relatable and relevant.
"Lawn Chair" calls on archangels to torture humans, followed by "Records," which references pop stars in its chorus. The songs detail irreverent proclamations ("What if I was to say 'hell no, i'm not your soldier boy"), standing up for yourself, revenge fantasies ("Feed 'em to the lions/Taste your own medicine"), and more. The EP as a whole pulls together some of the most notable melodic threads from the band's acclaimed output over the last eight years: the incredible sprawl of "Thank You and Good Night" recalls parts of Everything Will Be Alright In The End's Futurescope Trilogy; "What's The Good Of Being Good" has a classic vocal line that would've been right at home on Weezer (The White Album). Indeed, SZNZ is now two EP's in, and is shaping up to be one of Weezer's most exciting projects to date.