Yen Strange Releases New Single With Self-Directed Video

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Photo Credit: Jasper Burrows Millican
“The world is sleeping on Yen Strange at the moment and that is criminal to me. Keep Yen Strange close, seriously, she is so talented.”
– Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1“Beautiful, glistening bedroom pop with a goth edge” – Paper Magazine

“Yen Strange pairs her sweet voice with emo-sounding pop rock” – Nylon

“A pristine piece of bedroom pop” – Clash Magazine

“Shimmering, instantly relatable emo-anthems” – Ones to Watch

“The Australian solo artist manifests her own electronic indie” – Ladygunn  

Yen Strange packs a punch with her new single ‘Easy Way Out’, which arrives today alongside an emotive, self-directed video.

Written by Yen Strange and produced by Alice Ivy, ‘Easy Way Out’ uniquely blends Yen’s punk and rap influences with honest lyricism and hooky melodies, making for another effortless indie anthem. The powerful, moving track channels Yen’s frustration over a toxic relationship.

“‘Easy Way Out’ is about a time I told someone I wanted to be with them and they asked me to just wait. Almost exactly a year on it became clear to me that everything he said was more of an act to try and distract himself from the reality of his own misery. I was an easy fix to his depression, a temporary drug that he used and abused until I just wasn’t cheap enough anymore. It was a pretty sad time and I remember sitting on my bed making this song on my laptop and thinking all I wanted to do was see him, I didn’t care that he perceived me in this way I thought things would get better if I tried harder.”

The accompanying video for ‘Easy Way Out’ was directed by Yen Strange and filmed by Jasper Burrows Millican and masterfully highlights the raw angst and emotion of the song.

With a string of popular singles to her name including debut ‘Donnie Darko’‘Go Away’ and a cover of Mallrat’s ‘Intro’, the Moruya-born, now Sydney-based singer-songwriter has won press support from the likes of Paper Magazine, Nylon, Ladygunn, The Forty-Five and NME. Her songs have received a huge 11 spins from BBC Radio 1 (with host Jack Saunders a big champion of her work), plus airplay across triple j, triple j Unearthed and community stations like FBi and Radio Adelaide. At DSPs, they’ve appeared on a range of playlists including Spotify’s New Music Friday, Front Left, Indie Pop, SALT and Pop n Fresh, and Apple Music’s New Music Daily, New In Pop, New In Alternative and Pop Chill. When The Horn Blows’ also highlighted Yen Strange on their ‘Ones To Watch’ list for 2022.

Growing up in small towns was a blessing and a curse for Yen. In an attempt to distance herself from cliques at school – where she struggled to fit in – she’d seek solace in the music room on her lunch breaks. She had fostered a serious interest in music from the age of seven, studying piano and honing her vocal skills by singing along to songs on the radio in her dad’s car. (Singing lessons didn’t work out; she didn’t want to sing the ‘proper way’.)

At the age of 16, Yen moved from her hometown of Moruya to the larger Wollongong and started playing in local bands, but found her walls crashing down as the aspirations of her bandmates never quite seemed to sync up to her own.  She began to hit roadblocks and experience spirals and depressive episodes, eventually hitting rock bottom and having a breakdown. Despite the hurdles though, Yen persisted and started to pen tracks that she could be proud of, on her own. She now lives in Sydney.


Thursday June 30 | Wesley Anne, Melbourne VIC
Saturday July 2 | Golden Age, Sydney NSW

Yen Strange – ‘Easy Way Out’

Out now through Liberation Records

Listen/watch here

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