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    Squalloscope is Anna Kohlweis, who exists as a songwriter, music producer, multimedia artist, illustrator and singer based in Vienna, Austria. “Exoskeletons for Children” is her fifth full-length album after “Soft Invasions” (2012, Seayou Records) and three releases under the Paper Bird moniker.

    ”Exoskeletons for Children” emerged over the course of two years, beginning when Kohlweis had temporarily moved back into her childhood home in her thirties. Written and recorded in solitude in provincial Austrian attics and American basements, as well as in parents’ and friends’ houses, the record abides neither borders nor boxes. While drawing inspiration from Kohlweis’ small-town upbringing rife with teenage lonerdom tempered by solitary late nights on the internet, additional inspiration came from interacting with younger listeners who highlighted the importance of music in forming communities through shared experience even when those communities are far flung geographically.

    On “Exoskeletons for Children” there is little feeling of nostalgia for the small town life of Anna Kohlweis’s upbringing. Rather there is a strong sense of identification with young people in these spaces. This record is about the bittersweetness of a homecoming as much as it is about the goodness of anger, protest, grieving, moving away and never looking back.

    There is a commanding nonchalance about Squalloscope, who bends and pitches layers of her own vocals to form the instrumental backbone of a record centered around a whole lot of words. Under the lyrics and vocal tracks is a tapestry of field recordings, beats, synths and guitars that add to the album’s visually rich narrative.

    Humor and intimacy have always been front and center in Kohlweis’ lyrics. “Let’s build exoskeletons for children, let them know we got their backs. Let them know we got their noses, let them know we got their pinkies until they crack”, she sings on the album’s title track. Squalloscope has been described as both uplifting and gut-punching and a listener recently proclaimed it felt “as if someone had run over [their] emotions with a cheese grater”. Strange pains seem like an appropriate reaction to this material.

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lyrics

(you got a heart like a can of worm holes.)

we were driving down from mercury when the radio broke
you were still such a goddamn long way from home
i kicked the dashboard hard 29 times and turned every knob
for a second there was static.

i never saw so many stars at night when i still lived on earth
nobody down there tells you being lost out here's got its perks
sat by the side of the road to take a breath
told you sometimes i dream that your ribcage caves in on your heart

and i wake up in a cold sweat
i suppose this is what you get
when you train your brain to be an acrobat
and the last thing i ever said to you was your name in all caps, in all caps.

i’d like to meet you again at the personal space bar for a glass of lemonade
i can sit on the other side of the room with my numbers about mortality rates
got coins for the jukebox, i heard they got some classic static
i'll pretend that i can dance to this, it's nothing short of magic
they can say what they want bout pushing up daisies, i've been seeing a lot of you lately
mostly in other people's faces, the ways they move through crowded spaces.
what's closer, jordan or styx?
dive down for the heck of it
it's all just water, it's warmer than i expected
connect, connect, connect.

and i wake up in a cold sweat
i suppose this is what you get
when you train your brain to be an acrobat
and the last thing i ever said to you was your name in all caps, in all caps.

the last damn thing, then they cut the strings
and my insides break and they float downstream
the last damn word is just broken noise
water washes over soft-spoken boys
we don't pick up when it rings and rings
there's no good in what this ringing means
the last damn thing, the last damn thing
come on, abyss, take this wedding ring.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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