The Skeptic Optimist

Lush arrangements, expansive dynamics, and idiosyncratic lyrics weave throughout Leila Sunier’s music. Dancing between folk, indie-pop, and alternative rock, she writes for the skeptics and the wallflowers.   

Born in New York, Leila developed a love for production and songwriting in high school. She went on to study media writing and music business at the Frost School of Music. Following graduation, she released her surrealist debut EP, If Only To Bleed Out The White Noise, in 2020.   

Leila continued to blend genres on her sophomore release, Where Everything Is Perfect (2020). Aided by Alex Newport (City and Colour, At The Drive In, Moaning), the project garnered support from the likes of NPR, Grimy Goods, Buzzbands LA, and PopMatters to name a few. That September, she participated in Echo Park Rising’s virtual festival as part of Songbird Sessions showcase.  

 Having relocated to Austin, TX, Leila regularly plays out in her adopted city. In June of 2023, she opened for Ghostland Observatory at Belly Up Aspen. She returns this July with a collection of new songs and stories.