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Kokayi Tackles Mental Health on New Song, “Poseidon”

Kokayi / PoseidonLife can get you down, and that's OK. There's no way to be strong all the time. It's also OK to ask for help. No one is an island.

That's all according to Kokayi's new song, "Poseidon," which finds the D.C. musician playing the role of a lifeguard above his own deliberate soundtrack. "You keep surviving, you keep on striving, even though you're lost at sea," he sings on the chorus.

"Poseidon" was inspired by recent real-life struggles. "I felt like things have been getting a little hectic for myself and my folks, and we need a life preserver," Kokayi writes in an email. "We need a safety net, someone to fish us out of the waters that are stifling our ability to breathe. Sometimes things get too deep, but we don't realize it's just a shallow pool."

Backstory aside, "Poseidon" (one of many songs Kokayi's dropped this year) carries a hypnotic knock that holds your attention above its serious premise. It'll appear on Kokayi's forthcoming EP, which, as yet, has no title or release date.

Stream "Poseidon" after the jump.

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