Rising LA-based alt-pop singer-songwriter and guitarist Leah Capelle has been hard at work in preparation for her debut full-length album due out in 2020. In this year alone she’s joined the Breedlove Guitars family, headlined the Emerging Artists Series at Summerfest, toured across the US and jumped on an opening slot for Knox Hamilton in her hometown of Chicago, all while clocking in endless hours at the studio and racking up over 100K followers across her social media independently.
Today, Leah Capelle shares her new heart-wrenching video for “know me better” following the exclusive premiere via PRIDE. A story of self-discovery, the cinematic visual is a colorful and alluring production of pain, loss, and healing. With vocals that wistfully dance from one guitar strand to the other, Capelle brings you into her dismal world. “Grab a glass of wine, turn up the volume, and try to resist prancing around the room in your underwear.”
“The visual for ‘know me better’ is a meditation on love – on both romantic love and self-love,” Capelle elaborates. “It’s part one of two videos that tell the story of how I had to lose myself to find myself again. The piece works 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. The one location for this video was very intentional – ‘Don’t you think it’s funny that I haven’t left the house, though this place is soaked in memories and I cannot get them out?’ Homes have a way of holding on to lost things – whether coins in the couch or the spirits of who used to live there.” She adds: “‘know me better’ is an anthem for accepting the circumstances you’re in, accepting your honest mistakes, and accepting yourself as you are.”
Leah Capelle has always attested to one thing: “every songwriter is more than just a voice.” In her guest blog on The Talkhouse, the artist questions “What is our responsibility as artists? Is it to provide a much-needed break from the heaviness of the news? Is it to simply provide entertainment, to become one more distraction from the daily responsibilities of life? Is it to be the voice of our whole generation, or to be, just a voice for those who can’t put their feelings into words?”
Capelle has proven that she’s got it all, a song for everyone and any human experience in all of its duality – whether you’re looking for the perfect car karaoke jam or simply a much needed reminder that you are alive and you are beautiful as you are.