In the very first seconds of “Sour Grapes”, Maya Yenn evokes childhood nostalgia with vibrant video game noises and R&B-tinged beats.
The honest grudge-filled lyrics that follow remark on how adulthood is not all it’s cracked up to be. The contrast between the warm electronic production and sour lyrics reinforces the idealization of returning to childhood. Specifically, the line “Growing up left a bad taste in my mouth” relatably echoes the idea of sour grapes - the notion that we can't wait to grow up and have perfect adult lives, but in the end, we realize that adults don't have everything figured out. This is the perfect song to add to a playlist for when you want to be mad at the world, as Yenn perfectly captures the frustrations of adulthood.
As a multitalented artist, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Staffordshire, England, Maya Yenn creates a refreshing twist of eccentric electropop music with R&B influences. Yenn is inspired by buoyant, upbeat bands including Glass Animals, Jungle, and Still Woozy along with electronic and R&B artists like FKA twigs and James Blake. She focuses heavily on storytelling through her honest and reflective lyrics to truly create an immersive experience for the listener.
Written by Laurel Ayuyao