new single *docs*

 
 

atwood magazine premiere: overcoming insecurities through leah capelle's "docs"

“Docs is a song about searching for happiness in material and surface things,” Capelle shares. “It’s a true story of bizarre activities I was doing to do to make myself feel better, like buying clothes, rearranging my furniture, and going out pretending to be somebody I’m not…”

She continues: “In reality, all my false attempts at being “okay” made the matter worse. When I was younger, I had many male figures, whether significant others or mentors, tell me that “men don’t like short hair.” So I kept my hair long because I was insecure. And finally, summer of 2016 I said “fuck it” and chopped it all off- that was a huge catalyst for me, and has actually brought me a lot of happiness in the weightlessness I feel now.”

I bought these new Doc Martens ‘cause I thought that they were cool
And I sure didn’t have the money, but I feel better
And I went and got that haircut, I think it looks alright
People’ve been telling me that I look pretty so I should feel better

Leah Capelle may not find comfort or happiness in materiality, but that’s all a part of the process of learning to love yourself for yourself. Time and again, we all look to self-identity through the clothes we wear or the way we shape our hair – but it’s all a facade, compared to what’s inside. Cheerfully ironic and ruthlessly driving, “Docs” is a reminder of what really matters most – and it isn’t those new shoes.

THANKS TO THE RAD PEOPLE AT ATWOOD MAGAZINE FOR THIS INCREDIBLE PREMIERE! Click here to read the full feature.

 
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earmilk feature: leah capelle brings it all together

Leah Capelle is a disarming talent rising out of from Chicago's thriving music scene. She brings an alternative twist to typical indie pop tropes with her bare-all writing style. Her latest, "Docs," proves how endearing, attractive, and upbeat vulnerability can be when done right. The song is driven by a steady guitar and near-confessional vocal delivery. Capelle's voice aptly captures the searching quality of youth, singing: "I just wanna be / someone other than me." The ease of her vocals keeps the track from downing in sentiment and instead makes her the most approachable indie rocker. Her cheeky personality is accentuated further in the finer details: pops of color on the instrumentation and her play with vocal inflections. 

Of the track, Leah details: "'Docs' is a song about searching for happiness in material and surface things. It's a true story of bizarre activities I was doing to make myself feel better, like buying clothes, rearranging my furniture, and going out pretending to be somebody I'm not. In reality, all my false attempts at being “okay” made the matter worse. When I was younger, I had many male figures, whether significant others or mentors, tell me that 'men don’t like short hair.' So I kept my hair long because I was insecure. And finally, summer of 2016 I said 'fuck it' and chopped it all off- that was a huge catalyst for me, and has actually brought me a lot of happiness in the weightlessness I feel now."

THANK YOU to the babes at EARMILK <3! Click here for the original feature.


*BETTER OFF* [live video]

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Written with and featuring my sweet friend and drummer Hayley Brownell, our new song "Better Off" is, at its core, a piece about letting go. When you know something is unhealthy, or is not bringing you joy no matter how much you wish it would, there is strength in being able to say that that thing - be it a situation, a place, or a person - cannot hold you back. This is a song about strength even when strength is the last option. 

 
 
 

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