Today marks the release of “Cheewawa,” the second single from Long Lost Solace Find, the debut solo album from Mike Polizze, due for release on July 31st.
The release is accompanied by a meditative DIY video filmed and edited by Polizze himself outside Philadelphia. According to Mike, “’Cheewawa’ was shot and edited in one day during the height of quarantine. On that afternoon, the spring cheer felt eerie against the bleakness of the pandemic. Things don’t seem much better lately, but hopefully this will provide a brief moment of solace.” The video layers footage of acoustic performances of the bittersweet singalong, beginning with the lines “I’m gonna see your face, every corner I turn/ Running through the dreams, and it’s starting to burn,” all set against a purple paisley haze and a blue tree-lined sky.
Polizze is joined by longtime friend and collaborator Kurt Vile on the track, who shares “I wish I wrote ‘Cheewawa’ (guess I’ll have to cover it!). Luckily I got to play harmonica and sing ghost vocals on it… I’ve been waiting for this kinda Polizze.”
Performed entirely by Polizze with longtime friend Kurt Vile and recorded by War on Drugs engineer Jeff Zeigler, this intimate Philadelphia affair clarifies the bittersweet earworm melodicism of Dizzy Polizzy’s songwriting, revealing bona fide folk-pop chops. Long Lost Solace Find finally harvests the wild local honey from the buzzing hive of Hiss.