Leah Capelle is an artist who has been devoted to her music from a very young age. She began piano lessons at the age of six and started writing songs by the time she was eight. It wasn’t long after that she started performing live and later attended Berklee College Music in Boston. She currently lives in Los Angeles working on music full time.
She recently released a six song self-titled EP Leah Capelle, which is certified pop that could easily be on the airwaves. There is no doubt she is a talent in terms of singing, songwriting, playing guitar and piano. On top of that the EP from a production perspective is excellent. Everything in the mix is perfectly audible and well balanced.
Capelle’s best moments are the ones where she deviates from typical pop structure we have heard a thousand times before. A song like “In A Boat” displays some unique aspects such as the vocal harmonies and overall rhythm to the song. She also excels when her technical prowess is implemented such as in the first song “Would You Know.” The guitar and bass parts are pure ear candy and the upbeat jovial vibe doesn’t hurt either.
There are times when Capelle plays it too safe and her music starts to blend into what we have heard come from the mainstream for the last ten years or so. The song “Natural Disaster” has a recognizable grandiose type chorus and a lot of the tropes we have come to expect in radio ready pop.
Capelle pulls off the intimate singer/songwriter vibe with her acoustic guitar on “My Love Has Dried Up.” The lyrics are straightforward, lacking any ambiguity. Melancholy sounds good on Capelle as she showcases on “My Confession” and “The Storm.” It’s not that hard to make a case for “My Confession” as being the best songs on the album.
I admire the talent, passion and ambition Capelle has. It’s evident in her music. That being said, I still think this EP doesn’t clearly define what Capelle has that separates her from the copious amount of pop acts that sound similar. This is a very promising EP that showcases an artist with a lot of potential.
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