Zola Jesus's 10 Most Depressing Things About Winter

Winter has been weird this year here in New York. The snow has been light, or oddly timed (Halloween is for witch hats, not snow bonnets); many weeks have had one day where it's 20 degrees and one where it's 60; there might be record-breaking winters elsewhere, but the idea that that could happen here in NYC this year seems as far away as, well, Romania.

You don't know what you have till it's gone, right? By way of mourning our dearly departed fourth season, winter, Sound of the City reached out to Zola Jesus, who's something of a winter expert. Not only does her latest album, Conatus, feature synth chords that glisten like icicles in the sun, a voice that wails like a cold wind, and some January-bleak lyrical sentiments ("The sun gives you nothing on these days when you need it most"); it turns out that Zola Jesus (née Nika Roza Danilova) grew up on a sprawling patch of Wisconsin wilderness, and has dug herself out of her share of snowdrifts. These are, therefore, her 10 Most Depressing Things About Winter. But, like love, isn't the depressing part also the fun part?

1. That point in the season when the air is so cold it stings your flesh and you can almost feel the nerves on your skin dying.

2. The moment you wake up and look out your window and realize the fresh snowfall rides up to your knees. And you have a mile long walk to work.

3. The smell of stale, damp snow pants slowly drying on the floor of your house.

4. Backyard igloos. This is not depressing. The depressing part is in March when you realize the damn thing was built so solidly it refuses to give up. WINTER IS OVER, you're not fun anymore. Get on with it.

5. Snow days (more depressing for the parents than the kids).

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