L’FREAQ SHARES OF BATTLE CRY TITLE TRACK FROM UPCOMING EP SHOWGIRL OUT NOW
WATCH SHOWGIRL (LIVE & UNPLUGGED) HERE
NEW DARK SYNTH-POP EP SHOWGIRL DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 VIA POSITION MUSIC
Fans of FKA Twigs and Banks would be remiss not to check out synth-pop enchantress L’Freaq – Billboard
L’FREAQ’s blend of gothic sensibilities and sultry soulfulness manages to continually hit the marks of bona de pop bangers. – NYLON
LA-based dark-synth pop artist, L’FREAQ, shares her live and unplugged version of her battle cry title track, Showgirl, from her sophomore EP, Showgirl, due out on September 23, 2021 via Position Music. She also recently shared a lyric video of the single. The word power stands boldly takes its place in front of the red curtain in the lyric video, and in the new live version — L’FREAQ’s voice alone is full of potent, passionate energy. Her raw performance, only accompanied by an acoustic guitar, proves every lyric’s realness in every note. On the new video, she says:
A big goal of mine with the singles from this EP was to show that they could sound great stripped back with just guitar and vocal. Sometimes I want to hear what something sounds like at its bare bones. I am grateful for the guitar stylings of Alejandro Amezquita and the directing and editing skills of Kevin Erickson, who also worked on the other two videos from this series.
Furthering the story from the debut single and music video for Gimmick, it’s clear that the upcoming EP is absolutely stacked with metaphor, all-star fashion, witchy babe vibes and an important message about the role media plays with children — especially young women. L’FREAQ is turning trauma into triumph, tapping into her heart and getting out of her head.
From puppet to powerhouse (just like in The Gimmick video), L’FREAQ breaks free of the monotony and shreds through the brainwashed stereotypes, as she literally shreds on a guitar. Gimmick showed L’FREAQ embodying themes of resiliency in a time of self-doubt, combining heart-pounding beats with passionate lyrics about believing in the power that everyone inherently owns and nobody else can take away. It also emphasizes L’FREAQ’s expansive robust range (Refinery29), which is also on full display in her recent live and unplugged version of Gimmick. This new track follows in those footsteps and takes it further into a deeper love of music, family and personal freedom.
Having recently performed for Backline’s Set Break live stream alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Morello, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and more to raise funds and awareness for mental health services to be distributed to music industry for free, L’FREAQ has been a champion for her community. This song is another chapter of that consistent commitment to rise up and bring people with her.
L’FREAQ, continues to remain an open book of emotions for fans as she lays out her own experience with rejection and struggles with mental health. L’FREAQ belts, Got the courage to be vulnerable, got the guts to wear the crown, cause I dare to bare it all, I refuse to water down, as a testament of truthfulness and self-confidence even when it’s hard. Intimacy on this level allows L’FREAQ to push the storyline forward when it comes to believing in dreams as a reality, especially in the face of adversity. NYLON says, Look at L’FREAQ, draped in jewels and Cleopatra-esque eye makeup; then look a little harder. Behind the artifice, integrity abounds.
L’FREAQ is all about being inclusive, and she is outspoken when it comes to defending the underdog. As an ally of everyone on the spectrum of gender and sexuality, bullies, racists and sexists are not allowed in L’FREAQ’s kingdom. She also shows her love for those closest to her, by highlighting their work: namely her fashion photographer mom, Kelly Cappelli (as seen in Vogue), who does all the photography and artwork for L’FREAQ.
The new release follows L’FREAQ’s debut EP, Weird Awakenings, which played with themes of self-discovery, as well as her 2021 single Make Me Move. Armed with a full book of poetry, L’FREAQ took pieces of her work and composed songs with Mike Irish, who also produced and mixed the EP at Shifted Recording Studios. The EP was mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis London Music. They took their time in discovering a sound that felt genuine, one that explored all the raw places she had been longing to find. Together, they created a modern amalgamation of L’FREAQ’s dark, thoughtful poetry and her raw musical instincts, which inevitably alchemized into songs that are all at once aggressive, sensual and moving.
Having shared a stage with ABBA, India.Arie and Jakob Dylan, it’s important to note her live performance prowess, even without tour dates on the books (speaking of longing). L’FREAQ played a packed NYC performance debut at SoHo House, and channeled Britney Spears (especially during her ferocious Toxic cover), Nick Cave and Beats Antique vibes. The Deli Magazine later dubbed her NYC’s Favorite Emerging Artist. She’s also currently playing Amy Winehouse in Las Vegas show 27, and has been featured on the news several times for her iconic portrayal of Winehouse, who inspired her to sing in the first place, leaving audiences moved to tears from the experience.
With over 500k streams, 240K plays on YouTube, and songs featured in Riverdale, Playboy, Netflix’s Dating Around, Good Trouble, FBI, The Voice, City on a Hill and more, all born from her 5-song debut EP, it’s safe to say this follow-up EP is highly anticipated. Stay tuned for more visual components to follow, along with brand new singles. Showgirl is on the way.
Track listing: SHOWGIRL EP
- Take You Down
- Nothing on Me
PREVIOUS RELEASES BY L’FREAQ:
LISTEN TO MAKE ME MOVE HERE
WATCH NEW SKIN HERE
LISTEN TO WEIRD AWAKENINGS EP: HERE
WATCH WEIRD AWAKENINGS VIDEO: HERE
WATCH MOONLIGHT VIDEO: HERE
L’FREAQ is the alias of Brooklyn and LA-based singer/songwriter Lea Cappelli, who crafts songs inspired by pop and R&B but with a biting edge. Some highlights of her career include performing privately for Muhammad Ali, sharing the stage with Jakob Dylan, and performing with Grammy-winning artist India.Arie.
L’FREAQ released her EP, Weird Awakenings, to critical acclaim in October 2018 and was voted one of NYLON’s 20 Best Releases. The EP has also garnered radio play and enthusiastic reviews in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia. Her second music video was premiered by Billboard while her most recent music video, New Skin, was released exclusively through NYLON which noted integrity abounds throughout.
Playboy recently used the title track Weird Awakenings in its groundbreaking video of actor Ezra Miller, while another song from the EP, I’ve Become a Thief has been featured in the trailer for the CW’s hit show Riverdale. L’FREAQ was recently voted NYC’s Favorite Emerging Artist in an open poll sponsored by The Deli Magazine, and can be seen this fall on her upcoming west coast tour in support of the Weird Awakenings EP.