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Hear Rivers Cuomo’s New Solo Song ‘Medicine for Melancholy’

Weezer singer unveils first proper single as solo artist ahead of band’s rumored ‘Black Album’

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Rivers Cuomo has unveiled his surprise new single "Medicine for Melancholy," the Weezer frontman's first proper single as a solo artist.

Christopher Polk

Rivers Cuomo unveiled a surprise new single, “Medicine for Melancholy.” The song is the Weezer frontman’s first as a solo artist.

Unlike the riff-heavy Weezer catalog, “Medicine for Melancholy” finds Cuomo backed by sweeping synths and handclapped beats while still boasting Weezer’s penchant for big hooks.

“We got that Friday feeling / Can I hang out with you for a bit? / You’re my medicine for melancholy / I wanna take you in,” Cuomo sings before the wordless chorus.

It’s unclear whether “Medicine for Melancholy” is a one-off single from the Weezer singer or a preview of an upcoming solo album. Cuomo has previously released three installments in his Alone series, a collection of home demos and acoustic recordings; the most recent chapter arrived in 2011 with Alone III: The Pinkerton Years. Outside of Weezer, Cuomo has also recorded as part of the J-pop duo Scott & Rivers.

Weezer released its 11th studio album Pacific Daydream in October 2017. The band originally planned on unleashing their Black Album – a follow-up of sorts to their 2016 self-titled White Album – but the ever-prolific Cuomo instead formed Pacific Daydream out of thousands of riffs, beats and chord progressions he had stored in Google Sheets, the singer told Rolling Stone

Weezer previously hinted at a 2018 release for the self-titled Black Album before the surprise arrival of “Medicine for Melancholy” Friday.

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