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Rivers Cuomo breaks down Weezer’s ‘SZNZ’ influences with spreadsheet

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If you want a peek behind the curtain that is the mind of Rivers Cuomo, there’s now a spreadsheet for that.

The Weezer frontman has tweeted a Google doc detailing the band’s SZNZ‘s project, which consists of four new, seasonally themed EPs. Each of the EPs gets its own dedicated row in the spreadsheet, with columns describing different attributes including “emotion,” “spirituality,” “genre” and “look.”

For example, the Spring EP, which was released last month, is described as having an emotion of “optimistic sorrow,” a genre of “‘Island in the Sun’ meets OK Human,” and a look of “elf ears.”

The spreadsheet also gives you an idea of what to expect from the future SZNZ EPs, should you be able to interpret Cuomo’s whimsical descriptions. Longtime Weezer fans may be excited to hear that the genre of the Summer EP is “Blue Album in the 21st century.”

Meanwhile, the look of Summer is described as “Marc Antony dressed as MGMT at Burning Man,” so make of that what you will.

If you scroll to the end of the sheet, you’ll see that the names of the lead Summer and Autumn singles have been revealed: “Record” and “What Happens After You?”, respectively.

Each of the SZNZ EPs will be released on the first day of its corresponding season. Weezer will be celebrating their arrivals throughout the year with a seasonal residency on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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