Rivers Cuomo might as well be singing a cover of “Build Me Up Buttercup” in a sundress taking selfies, or at least that’s the feel of Weezer’s new single “Weekend Woman,” off their forthcoming Pacific Daydream, which will be out on Oct. 27. They’ve already released “Beach Boys” and “Mexican Fender,” and the album overall promises to be based in something deeper than a summer blockbuster—Cuomo took his cues from the Chinese proverb that inspired the album’s beachy doomsday reflections:
“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”
Pre-order the Butch Walker-produced Pacific Daydream here, and listen to “Weekend Woman” in the player below, with artwork by Fran Rodriguez. Further down, listen to Rivers Cuomo reading a poem circa 2009 via the Paste Cloud.