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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // June 28, 2021
Born in Moruya and now based in Sydney, Yen Strange has always been quite the curious soul. Coming a long way from singing along to her father’s car radio as an eager child, Strange is now ready to unveil her thrilling artistic project. Without further ado, we invite you to be fully enraptured by Strange’s captivating debut single, “Donnie Darko.”
If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, then you most definitely are familiar with the cult classic: Donnie Darko, which just so happens to be the sci-fi film that inspired Strange’s haunting new track. As Strange zeroes in on her depression and inner demons, “Donnie Darko” takes us on a sonic journey through swirling electronics and precious hooks. Even the accompanying visual is a cinematic adventure with a Donnie Darko theme, which is making us really want to rewatch the incredibly eerie film.
On “Donnie Darko,” Yen Strange reflected,
“It’s been a crappy few years and ‘Donnie Darko’ was me coming to terms with the fact that I’m NOT okay and I DO have demons. I had, and still have, a pretty mundane life so it’s easy to fall into patterns of self-hate and depression. I still don’t know how I’m gonna overcome that negative voice in my head. But writing this song and working on it on my train rides from Wollongong to Sydney made me happy for a little while.”