Turmoil and Wonder

from by Squalloscope

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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 don't know shit about stars and to my knowledge
they are nothing but holes in a big black bubble
so you and i who can't get out
can at least get some air to breathe.
i don't know shit about you and to my knowledge
you are nothing but a hole in my big bubble
so i, myself, who can't get out
can at least get some air to breathe.

I'm gonna tell you that i love you
sunday morning on a numbers station
in code written all over our faces
in lemon juice on cigarette papers
in carefully arranged flickers in between phosphenes
in murmurations, in coffee stains.

we never have enough arms, never have enough time
i got a serious problem with imagination
it's been fucking with my mind
it's been keeping me up at night
wondering where the tremors went, following the fireflies
on my bicycle around the bend
into the pit and up again
i want to open you up and crawl into your skin.

i am 90% sampling machine and 5% mirrors
and all the remaining parts are mostly xeroxed.
you're 80% brass section, 10% tornado
the rest is an array of things i am sort of afraid of.
i am running a pseudocide hotline out of my basement
i'm good at explaining what we're good at pretending
you're awfully quiet for someone with such loud eyes
i am asking the cards for advice, i am trying on sadness for size
it's all turmoil and wonder
it's all pseudo silence
it's all turmoil and wonder
it's all pseudo silence

we never have enough arms
we never have enough time
i got a serious problem with imagination
it's been fucking with my mind
it's been keeping me up at night
wondering where the tremors went, following the fireflies
on my bicycle around the bend
into the pit and up again
i want to open you up and crawl into your skin.

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from Exoskeletons for Children, released November 17, 2017

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