Maya Yenn, the maverick alt-pop artist from the UK, has released a new song titled “Sour Grapes“. The catchy tune is full of Hip-hop R&B-inspired beats, nostalgic warmth, and an intelligently incorporated sample from retro video games. The song speaks to the frustrations of transitioning into adulthood in a witty, fun, and quirky satirical manner.
With a synth bass line that has a playful slap feel, the song’s aesthetic features a retro video game vibe that is both eccentric and accessible. Yenn’s charismatic quirk and cool weirdness shine through in her great songwriting, which is evident in the honest and playful lyrics. Her previous work, which has been featured on BBC Introducing and in BBC Live Sessions, has been recognized with awards for her self-directed music video for “How Much Sadness Can You Swallow?” Yenn is able to combine electronic, synth, and organic elements with ease to create a seamless tight pop song. The song incorporates a range of nostalgic sounds from childhood showing her musical production inventiveness.
Featuring synth 8-bit style bass, cassette tape loading samples, lo-fi guitars, Gameboy-type sounds, mouth pops, and zippers sliding, the production makes use of this range of elements for great percussive and melodic harmonic effect. Despite its subject matter, the final chorus features joyful brass and a bouncing beat. It is a refreshing and honest take on the struggles of adulthood and the yearning nostalgia that accompanies it, proving to be the perfect antidote for when life isn’t as sweet as it should be. “Sour Grapes” by Maya Yenn is a melodic pop gem that showcases Yenn’s musical finesse.