Some of My Best Friends Are Windows

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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 got the eye on the prize, it says 9,99
i am searching for cash in my pockets
but i'm running out of time
i am late for the deadline
i'll be late for dying
i'll be late to my own funeral
i'll get a medal for trying
i got a weapon! I got a tool and it's a weapon!
i got a weapon, i got the keys to my house and my heart between my knuckles
learned this from a book when i was twelve
it said, „it's gonna be ugly out there girl, be prepared.“

In the harbor they are hanging up dead fish by the gills
you put the heater in the hallway to chase out the chills
winters by the mountains won't work without vitamin pills
only winters by the seaside will
i am one sixteenth siren on my father's side
still it's all my fault when ships collide
but i upload my mellow melancholia straight into the raincloud
and let it rain down

and all my sisters have been called liars
and all my sisters have been called hysterical
and all my sisters are too angry, they say
that's right, they're furious and they're coming your way.
turns out the scars on their arms make them look striped like tigers
they show their teeth to the world like world class fighters

some of my best friends are windows
they open up and i see right through them
and i climb through their frames
and fall three stories to the pavement
some of my enemies are steel doors
they open up and i see right through them
and i walk out on the fire escape and run
because i'm always behind on payments
to a hollow body with a fresh haircut
and a closet full of clean suits
made of teflon and lube
you aced the psychopath test, congratulations!
we've been defining success in a peculiar fashion.

and all my sisters have been called liars
and all my sisters have been called hysterical
and all my sisters are way too angry, they say
that's right, they're furious and they're coming your way.
and maybe we can't zip it
but we can zip ourselves up up up up up.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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