Midwinter Mixtapes #3

Delayed by a day due to a hangover that taught me the true meaning of The Fear - better late than never, I present Midwinter Mixtapes #3!

Listen along on Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/user/alphachar/playlist/3hzf5RWPpRdCTX6AIRBw6w

If you missed the first one, or the general idea, check here.

Artist = Kylesa
Song = Unspoken
Emotion = Sisu (Finnish) - “A stoic determination. A grim, gritty, white-knuckle form of courage that is typically presented in situations where success is against the odds. Resoluteness in the face of adversity, despite repeated failures.”

Artist = The Call
Song = I Still Believe (Great Design)
Emotion = When you walk the streets of your city with tears in your eyes, feeling downtrodden and low, like your contribution to the world is too small ever to be recognised. When that feeling hits, this 80s song is the antidote. Steps get more confident, head lifts, heart opens. A vaccination against cynicism.

Artist = Brian Jonestown Massacre
Song = Memory Camp
Emotion = Toska (Russian) - “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

Artist = Coil
Song = Careful What You Wish For
Emotion = Exulansis (Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) - “The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it - whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness - which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.”

Artist = Alice In Chains
Song = Down In A Hole (Unplugged)
Emotion = Torchslusspanik (German) - “Torschlusspanik is the fear that one does not have enough time to accomplish all one’s life goals. Like waking up one morning with the feeling that if you do not act soon, you might miss out the opportunity to ever feel content.”

Artist = Local H
Song = Wolf Like Me
Emotion = Lutalica (Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) - “The part of your identity that doesn’t fit into categories. We all want to belong to something. But part of you is still rattling around inside these categories and labels that could never do you justice.”

Artist = John Frusciante
Song = Going Inside
Emotion = A combination of elation and withdrawal from the world. A feeling just for you alone. The hermit-like will to be a better person, to turn inwards and take a good look around in there, to become a more “you” person than you’ve been. The desire to understand yourself and in so doing, understand more of everyone else.