‘The visual for “know me better” is a meditation on love—on both romantic love and self-love,’ said Capelle. ‘The piece channels through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and lastly acceptance, as the characters fight, cry, drink, dance, and burn old photographs with a sense of urgent, reckless abandon.’

Glimmering with the pop/rock vibes we’ve come to adore from HAIM and Tegan and Sara, the video is just as much about letting go as it is the beginning of something new. Capelle is working through the end of a relationship, but something seems to be budding with the girl comforting her.
— PRIDE

READ THE FULL PRIDE PREMIERE HERE.

 

PREMIERE: KNOW ME BETTER

 
 
The lyrics to “Know Me Better” started to come to Capelle as she sat alone in her apartment, one she formerly shared with her “long-time partner for three years, until everything fell apart.” She tells NYLON, “It felt as though the apartment had been sliced in half—only half of the art, instruments, and books were missing. But, our place—now my place—which had once been a safe haven, felt like an unbalanced prison.” Her plants were all dying, she noticed, and it became the first line of the song. It all poured out of her: “I started to sing quietly—the words bouncing off the vaulted ceilings and dirty windows back into my mouth.”
— NYLON

READ THE FULL NYLON MAGAZINE PREMIERE HERE.

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PREMIERE: ALDER LAKE OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO

 
 
This lyric video features shots of the lake, our home, the surrounding forest, the cranberry bogs, the venues, the people and the sheer joy I feel when secluded in nature. It also features shots of downtown Chicago, where my friends and I would gallivant in the heat of summertime when I was back in the city. This whole piece ties back to my roots as an artist, and shines a light on what a silly, rollercoaster of a woman I am outside of my art. In the editing process, I intentionally included shots of my face with no makeup and my (candidly, frustrating) acne in full force, which I have struggled with for the last few years. I am rarely that vulnerable on camera, aside from the ‘Settle Down’ video. But considering the honest lyrical content of the song and my mission to be as authentic of an artist as I can be, I left the acne, the dirty hair, all of it—because that’s what I actually look like. The woman you see in this video is who I really, truly am.
— PARADE Magazine

Read the full premiere on PARADE Magazine here.

 
 
 
In a world of the ever-growing presence of mainstream hip-hop, Leah’s sound is one that serves as both a refresher and a reminder as to why alternative pop/rock is a killer combination. In fact, although “alder lake” is the much-anticipated sequel to her previous successes (“Docs” and “Settle Down”), it’s certainly no let-down. From signature rock drums to vocals and lyrics as crystal clear and pure as the waters of the real Alder Lake itself, the new track is something that you’ll find yourself jamming to with your best friends in the car.
— .Affinity Magazine

Read the full .Affinity Magazine Premiere here.


 

TOUR RECAP: IN PHOTOGRAPHS

 

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FEATURES: ALDER LAKE

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PREMIERE: SETTLE DOWN OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

 
 
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Leah Capelle is quickly becoming something of a hot commodity, her music trending for its liberating focus on women’s rights, body positivity, and self-empowerment and understanding. ‘Settle Down’ is the latest in the artist’s catalog and certainly follows the powerful path that she’s already been paving. The song lilts into what begins more as a more of a gently arranged ballad than her previous single, ‘Docs’, but bursts into a breakneck rock bridge as Capelle is embattled by the haze of society’s stereotypical expectations.
— POPMATTERS

 

Release: giants ep

 
...unflinchingly empowered soaring vocals, sludgy yet light instrumental progressions and some of the rawest lyrics you could ever care to hear.
— AnR Factory

READ THE FULL AnR FACTORY REVIEW HERE.

Giants is a giant EP, full of aesthetic grace and captivating harmonic textures, while Leah Capelle’s voice provides the yummy icing on the musical cake.
— POPDUST

READ THE FULL POPDUST PREMIERE HERE.


OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: DOCS

 
 

“I wanted the visual to be powerful, but still have an air of fun and spontaneity. As a woman in the music industry, it’s so important the evaluate the expectations of what womanhood 'should look like' in modern society, and come together with fellow women to break those expectations down. So the video, while about coming to terms with what makes each of us unique, is also about being comfortable in our own, truest forms.”

single release: 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.

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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."

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[live video]: BETTER OFF

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"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. 

 
 
 

spotify PLAYLIST features / GIANTS EP:

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