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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

i can give you a problem if you need one
and a solution, it's easy.
you need to sacrifice something, baby
come on, eat your hate cake, gobble up the whole plate, happy birthday.

you're so angry because we're close to the outlet
or out of the closet or still sitting cross-legged
by the dinner table at 31, 32, 33, 34, 35
because we're happily married or long dead and buried
because it's unbearable we're still having fun.

we just dodged a bullet, dislodged and hooded
dirty and bookish, grieving and crooked
awake and good looking, foul-mouthed, fuck it.
You say we're obnoxious, our jack doesn't do boxes
i'll write it in cross stitch for the archive of foxes.

cool story, babe, now make me a sand castle
unburn the witches make the fire stop faster
if you turn women into shapes like i learned from men when i was younger
take a long hard look at ourselves, our hunger brought us here
my prefrontal cortex is a plughole vortex
this stumbling fortress enters rigor mortis
pulled me out here with forceps, a living breathing corpus
they shot us right through the heart. oh my, how we all did our part
now by the abyss mall fountain i am slowly drowning
eating a donut, puking through the hole
things got a bit out of control
but we'll make a new glass coffin for snow white, this time it's tinted.
I value my privacy, it's almost vintage
from the comfort of your own home
you can watch the world fall into pieces

i can give you a problem if you need one
and a solution, it's easy
you need to sacrifice something, baby
come on, eat the hate cake, gobble up the whole plate, happy birthday.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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