“Ginseng Hourglass” From Kainalu Poses Big Life Questions

[Cover photo credit to Julianna Photography]

Madison, WI-based Psychedelic-Funk multi-instrumentalist Kainalu has shared the title track lyric video, from his forthcoming LP Ginseng Hourglass. The experimental sophomore LP by Kainalu is due out November 4th, 2022. You can join Kainalu for the official album release parties in Madison, WI and Chicago, IL on December 2nd and December 3rd, 2022.

The album’s title track shows a more personal side of Kainalu as he “grapples with the finiteness of life”, and engages with “the complexities of loss and the importance of growth”.

He describes the track as:

…a psychedelic funk song that explores everything from deep rhythm and overblown heaviness. Ginseng is a representation of the darker, grittier side of the album. The song is written about wrestling with the reality of your fleeting lifespan.

The song’s weighty subject matter was inspired by a conversation Kainalu had with his mother before she passed away.

Kainalu explains:

The contemplation presented by the song climaxes in the bridge: “When you’re life’s run, will you tell it like you turned your lights off? Did you spend it all overly cautious? Were you someone your mother was proud of? Or did you keep running from all of your problems?” This line resonates deeply with me because it was written after I had one of the final conversations with my mother before she passed of stage 4 cancer. In those last moments of her life, she imparted as much love and wisdom upon me to “carry me through the rest of my life” because she knew she wouldn’t be there to help me along.

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