Episode 191: Toska

Toska – noun /ˈtō-skə/ – Russian word roughly translated as sadness, melancholia, lugubriousness.

“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 of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

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Tracklist:

  • Evan Abeele – Grief Lessons
  • Max Richter – Harmonium
  • Rafael Anton Irisarri – Lit A Dawn
  • Hummingbird – Eemina
  • Nest – Trans Siberian
  • Subtract by Two – Sonum Regionum (Of East Market Sprawl)
  • Deaf Center – Hunted Twice
  • Peter Broderick And Machinefabriek With: Kleefstra*, Bakker*, Kleefstra* And Nils Frahm – Session III (Angelige Noaten)
  • Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Halo
  • Offthesky & Pleq – Delicate Exit
  • Black Elk – Sparks
  • Olan Mill – Flume

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