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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

There's no rest for the crickets for the crickets are like the troubled sea
they've been carrying my troubles, all that trouble's carried me
in my rocking chair out front with a book across my knees
in my land-locked paradise men don't fall far from the trees
i heard a symphony last night, summer's owls and cicadas
i heard the ground vibrate, humming like electric wires
humming like the end is nigh and the night is full or errors.
humming hopeful little lies grown into trembling adult tremors

and i swear it's getting better.
and i swear it's getting better.

so, the nails in the attic are patiently waiting to draw blood
i hear the snakes coming up from the basement
i am just waiting for the river to flood
for a life-sized tornado in a mid-sized paper cup
for the atlantic ocean in my infinity tub
simon says nothing of relevance, he says „put your hands up“
he keeps huffing and puffing and oh, simon can blow us
but simon can't blow this house down nor blow this house up.

and i swear it's getting better
to hell with this town
to hell with this weather.

humanity's my ultimate problematic favorite
i am sobbing and i savor it, it's fogging up my brainy bits
it logs into my private shit and just shrug and run with it
it's wanted for assault but wait, i am running low on battery.
leave the motor running when you pick me up tonight
throw a pebble at the window, second one from the right
they say ladies don't do what i do. well, i am glad they don't.
I hope they're busy getting shit done - if not with you, then on their own.
I was already screaming internally before i came into this world
they gave me a body of water, i gave them a body of work.
and i'm your girl, but remember i am my girl as well
when this is all over we'll build things back up ourselves
and don't get me wrong but you should get me a drink
because sometimes i crack up and then i crumble
and then i fuck up, i am a bad example
and then i fall apart and i need fuel to think.

at the end of the road
where this town ends
but people don't.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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