Music by John Bairaktaris

Lyrics by Azat Helvatzian

Video by George Ktistakis

“To Teras” (“The Monster”), refers to the ways depression can affect an individual’s everyday life, by taking the form of a monster. The monster can often take control, making people constantly feel stagnant and scared, unable to fulfill their dreams. In the chorus, the lyricist refers to the daily struggle and how one manages to kill the monster, even temporarily (“ti mera to skotono, ti nixta me nika” – “every day I kill it and every night it beats me”), as well as the wish to be liberated completely. However, the fight will not stop until the individual manages to take control of his/her life again and get back on track.”

Collateral

Lyrics: Christina Tsaliki

Music by Katerina Pipili

Video by George Ktistakis

Collateral is a song about our generation, the idea that there is no place or time, just being; a generation living a life with casualties. These thoughts are expressed with an upbeat rhythm, as well as an uplifting tempo in contrast to the lyrics. Leaping from musical to tragedy, the stigma of mental distress and the culture of perpetual, sometimes even ‘’toxic’’ positivity and the denial of negative thoughts or emotions, is a theme of the song.  The unreal and unmet expectations of a generation during the decade of the economic crisis, living a post-traumatic, as well as a pro-traumatic era, still recovering from a national trauma and at the same time adjusting to a new global trauma. However, such circumstances can often lead to resilient bloom and growth.

Music by Nassos Polyzoidis

Lyrics by Christina Tsaliki

Video by George Ktistakis

“A Moveable Feast” is a song about our future and past self, as Plath says “inside me an old woman, inside me a girl”. The main theme is the fear of death, growing old, as well as of the oblivion and the future, essentially the fear of (not) living truly. The song explores how the last existing trail of ourselves can be found in someone’s memory and how our homes operate as personal museums, proving somehow a main theme during the pandemic. The main idea is living each day to the fullest, as if it were our last, as the woman leaving her house prepared to not come back. Partially referring to people suffering from dementia, the song attempts to wake us up, like a dream or an archetypical myth.”

Title: “Una y otra vez” (Over and Over Again)

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Rubén de Unamuno/ with the collaboration and contributions of the other members of Grounded Theory

Singer: Rubén de Unamuno

Short description of the song: “Una y otra vez” is a song that has born out of a long process of group growth and personal acquaintance. The song aims to capture the rollercoaster ride of the vital and emotional changes of a person with mental illness, which is why there is a very drastic change both at the musical and literary level in the middle of the song: this seeks to reflect the contrast experienced by a person who does not control his extreme impulses and emotions and is dragged by them, experiencing the uncertainty of not knowing how he will be tomorrow (“draining other ways of doing, what I do, what I lack, what happened, what happened”). The song begins by talking about past romances, and the mentioned contrast between the first and second part of the song has a lot to do with the past and future as well, the author recalls past times before his mental illness process (“I cannot believe, in yesterday’s time“) and constantly wonders what his future will be like (“what I want to be, over and over again”).

Title: Holding The Line

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Korneel Muylle

Singer: Korneel Muylle / Slow Lee

Short description of the song: Hold the line or not? The line represents the idea of hiding emotions and mental health problems from the world. The song tries to build up an image of people suffering in some sort of isolated place in this society. The song hopefully raises the question of why there is some sort of difference between sharing or not sharing different kinds of feelings and problems.

Title: Hellow Jesus

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Korneel Muylle

Singer: Korneel Muylle / Slow Lee

Short description of the song: Hellow Jesus is about someone who thinks he is Jesus. It is common for people with psychosis to experience a different reality and be someone else. Scary do you think, or not scary? Is there a reason to be scared, or is it just a lack of recognition? The song tries to illuminate the perspective of the person with a psychosis and someone else who is afraid of it

Title: Cassandra

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Chloë Nols

Singer: Chloë Nols

Director: Nikolaj Spada (farhilda.be)

Short description of the song: This song is written from the perspective of someone who has a psychosis, and afterwards is more open to the idea of reincarnation. The song describes the bittersweet feeling of recognizing a soul you’ve met before, someone from an other lifetime, who shows you a piece of yourself that you had forgotten about.

Title: Sky High

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Chloë Nols

Singer: Chloë Nols / Director: Nikolaj Spada (farhilda.be)

Short description of the song: These lyrics refer to our visit of Valladolid, in February 2020, where I was touched by the first encounters with a couple of patients. I was also moved because of some beautiful synchronicities. For example we saw several peacocks in het central park of Valladolid. This animal represents a lot to me personally, and also in a more esoteric context, a peacock refers to truth and wisdom, two themes that often inspire me to write. 

Title: Sulekho #2

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Thomas Werbrouck

Singer: KRANKLAND

Short description of the song: When Sulekho speaks to you, she seems very introvert. But when working with her during one of my workshops at KAOS all of the sudden she burst out in a very rhythmic language. I saw a party going on in her eyes. With some crooked sounds, homemade instruments and a sample of her voice I tried to recreate this party as a tribute to her fantastic personality that usually remains hidden from the world.”

Title: Esperance #1

Name and year of the Album: “Introspection MUSIC EXPERIENCE”, 2020;

Songwriters: Thomas Werbrouck

Singer/band: KRANKLAND

Short description of the song: “During a free podium at PSC Sint-Alexius I heard the wonderful, fragile voice of Espérance singing an idiosyncratic traditional. In the spirit of Gavin Bryars I wanted to create a very sparse, melancholic but rich textured soundscape around this voice. I added the chord progression and a lot of ambience to make Esperance shine as a singer like she deserves to.”