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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'm gonna be the girl in the box
the magician's assistant
dismembered every night by a bunch of foul tricks
I'm thinking next year in the presidential election
maybe i can vote for the mighty rat king!
i connect the bullet holes and see no picture
way too many bullet holes to begin with
got an elaborate plan not to belong anywhere
but i am stuck in a shoe box at the end of the street.

so, my new religion is strict mistakeism
a rule book of close calls and near misses
in a month or two i could be the high priestess
but i'll be gone, watching things burn from a distance
i got here wearing a coat made from other people's fingers
i'll exit wearing nothing but my own soft shell
maybe i could be a hermit or a snail if i want to
as long as i look like a gazelle

got stuck on a guilt trip on board of a friend ship
i forgot who i was floating down the canal
as an ice berg breaking into smaller and smaller pieces
i am aging as an act of rebellion
taking up space is my first million
i am collecting your unpopular opinions
got them locked away to protect the civilians
it's not my job to proof i am resilient.

i was sold night terrors as light errors
terrified of settling down and sleeping
tell me i'm not the only one
always checking twice
if the sleeping ones are still breathing
wouldn't hold my breath I won't choke on being broke
with a cracked heart and a shattered jaw bone
gotta be an escape artist to break the glass ceiling
if it's really all six sides of the aquarium.
It might be all six sides of the aquarium.
I think it's all six sides of the aquarium.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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