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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'

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