Leah Capelle works through her heartbreak in ‘triptych’

Leah Capelle is a force of nature. Her debut album triptych is a raw, unfiltered examination on heartbreak and healing. 

triptych marks a long process of inner-reflection for Capelle. Even though on the surface, she seemed to have it all, she was burnt out and coping with alcohol and self-destructive behavior. In a recent press release, she explains, “The deeper down I fell, the harder I would try to convince myself that everything was fine because everything should have been fine,” but she was fading away. The album shows her healing process, how ugly it can be, and how she came out on the other side. 

Capelle’s voice contains multitudes of emotions; she shifts between powerful ballads to a signature alt-rock sound. The title track sets the scene, with a slow build-up into a guttural howl as she’s slowly unraveling. She shifts focus on “know me better,” a song perfect for the anger-phase of the grieving process. Laced with electric guitars, the weight of the song is when Capelle shouts, “but you should know me better,” forcing the blame away from herself. 

In “i keep her,” she explores her struggle to come out as bisexual over hypnotic drums that echo her overthinking and her struggle to come clean. The vulnerability with a hint of self-loathing is what makes Capelle such a captivating songwriter. 

“on accident” is the crescendo of the album, that last peak before she comes back down. Skewing more to her rock side, through screaming guitars, she examines her weaknesses. At its core, the song is about forgiveness, but sometimes it’s a rocky road to get to that point. 

Overall, Capelle’s ability to pin-point specific emotions and put them into words that resonate with her audience is her true talent. Her pain is universal, but when she gets right into the details, you feel her catharsis, and then you feel healed too.

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