Rising indie pop star awfultune reveals their brand new stunning single “sunflower” via Amuse
The new single “sunflower” comes as the third chapter in awfultune’s color story, a six-part creative venture that examines emotional themes underscoring red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and so on. awfultune’s last two singles “lovesick” and “SICK OF U” have respectively relished in being head-over-heels-in-love versus the thin line between love and hate, pulling inspiration from red and orange. Meanwhile “sunflower” soaks in sentiments surrounding yellow to craft a narrative of an eye-opening realization of self-worth. Each song alongside each color tackles the unique highs and lows of Layla’s coming-of-age journey, finding herself and existing as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Layla Eden shares, “‘sunflower’ is a continuation to the first two songs of the color story I’ve unveiled so far. ‘lovesick’ – represented by red – is the honeymoon phase of young love, ‘SICK OF U’ – which was orange – reaffirms the very thin line between love and hate plus a breakup, while ‘sunflower’ is yellow,“ explains Layla Eden, “The track is about healing from unreciprocated love and putting all that love you wasted on them back into yourself. It’s a very positive song and hopefully empowers a ton of people in these situations and reaches the ears it needs to.“
With over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, her discography has all the qualities of an indie movie in the making as she continues her “transition to becoming happy…” Layla’s never been hesitant to bare her soul on the lyrical page, most notably a watershed moment in Layla’s own life: coming out as transgender, undergoing facial feminization surgery and hormone therapy–plus the subsequent peace she found within her transition.
Other artists Layla credits and finds deep inspiration from include Billie Eilish and Clairo, all womxn who break the mold with their brazen yet refined art which speaks volumes for the new gen.
Layla admits she initially didn’t want to release the collection. Having felt she’s grown as a person and sonically in her work, she ultimately realized the EP is “a time capsule and a moment of who I used to be.” Dear Sarah represents Michael and Layla coexisting together, and the layers we all have as human beings. Sarah represents Layla’s bolder, uninhibited alter ego, though originally based on a dear friend. More than anything, it is a love letter to herself. Strewn together masterfully on the garage band app in just about an hour, “I Met Sarah In The Bathroom” is a truly stand-out addition to Layla Eden’s collection of wistful, lo-fi storytelling compositions that continue to capture the imaginations of millions of listeners all over the globe.
Layla Eden says, “It is completely terrifying. Sometimes even downright uncomfortable. My music is like a diary entry that millions of people are reading and listening to. That kind of vulnerability is what resonates with people most though. I’ve grown and changed enough to the point where I’m not afraid of who I used to be. Every version of myself is my truth regardless of if I’m not attached to that person anymore. I’d rather face it than run away from it. I am no better than anyone else and I’m just like you. It’s the cliché, but it’s very much the truth.”
awfultune has heralded coverage from American Songwriter, Billboard Pride, Culture Collide, DUMMY, Earmilk, MTV, PAPER, Spindle Magazine, The Luna Collective, Under The Radar, and more. She’s also seen support from TikTok megastars like Bella Poarch who shared the smash hit “I Met Sarah In The Bathroom” with her +50M followers. awfultune is always writing and producing, with plans to release more music throughout the year.