Leapling’s debut full-length, Vacant Page, is all about self-reflection. Dan Arnes, who writes all the Leapling songs, sings about solitude and change, at times simultaneously mulling over his own anxieties and giving himself a pep talk. It’s introspective in a way that feels wholly relatable.
In the music video for their single, “Crooked”, we see Arnes watching himself at a puppet show, only to leave the theater and realize he has become the puppet. It’s a fitting visual for the out of body observations in Arnes’ lyrics, and the dualities in the video match the dualities in the song: “If the moon doesn’t show, then the sun doesn’t know what to think,” and then later, “If it seems like the end, I’m a friend but I’m your enemy.”