Apple has edged its way into many facets of our lives. Through their myriad media forms and savvy business strategies, the tech company has permeated virtually ever inch of the globe. That said, I guess it makes sense that their next logical landing point would be outer space, and that’s exactly where they’re going.
As a special request from Apple and NASA (what a pair!), Weezer and duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross recorded brand new tracks for the climax of a $1.1 billion effort to send a spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit. While both songs are disparate sonically, they both celebrate what is sure to a universal accomplishment.
Weezer’s “I Love the USA” pays raucous tribute to the Juno Mission, whose uncrewed probe is scheduled to reach Jupiter’s orbit on Independence Day. “We were on tour abroad, and it got me thinking a lot about America, which lead to me write “I Love The USA,“ said frontman Rivers Cuomo on the band’s website. “When Apple and NASA asked us to be involved with Juno’s historic landing on July 4th, this song seemed like the perfect fit.”
Weezer channels Ben Folds and his signature piano sound in the new track. Cuomo’s coos hover over big, resonant chords in the band’s ode to both this country and our final frontier. Check out a “I Love the USA” above.
The release follows the collaborative track between Atticus Ross and Nine Inch Nails frontman/Apple’s creative wizard, Trent Reznor. The song, aptly titled “Juno,” also celebrates NASA’s Juno Mission and includes actual sounds of Jupiter “singing.” It’s a beautifully spooky electronic track that enters a void throughout its 9 minutes until it triumphantly crescendoes with swirling pianos. Check out a snippet of the song below:
These one-off tracks are sandwiched between Weezer’s White Album, which arrived in April, and Nine Inch Nails’ yet unnamed, unscheduled follow-up to 2013’s Hesitation Marks. (Last year, Reznor promised a 2016 NIN return.)
Both tracks are available exclusively via Apple Music, of course. Check them out and, in the comments below, let us know who you’d rather go to Jupiter with: Weezer or Nine Inch Nails.