Exoskeletons for Children

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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

Your home taught me to smile wide
and show all my teeth
display anything vaguely sugary
your home is a churning in the stomach
an unrest in the chest
your home is straight out of central casting
there is a lot of space for mediocre white men

you are sharpening our picket fence
you say it's to defend ourselves
the family room is like a lion's mouth
I like what you did with the place,
you really made it ours.
we live in a haunted house of mirrors
I pay good money for my room
I pay in blood for this womb
but i tiptoe through my own kitchen
there are scary things around
wearing human costumes

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 ’til they crack

so, I am building a brand new ruin
and what you've been doing?
that year I spent all summer on bloody knees
taking pebbles from graves
tangled up in possibilities
getting the ringing in my ears engraved
and once you open your eyes it'd hard to unsee
that the stains stains stains are everywhere.
There's significance
in stabbing someone with a pencil
there's ignorance
in every brick of the home
there's brilliance
in the unsentimental
there's brilliance
in the unsentimental
(and we're outta here
we name ourselves
and we tattoo it under the skin of our hands)

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 til they crack.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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