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Get Excited About... “I have massive ambitions – too big.”

...the big albums arriving in 2019

“So, you voted Leave, huh?”

Self Esteem Former Slow Club singer Rebecca Taylor is back with a smart, sassy new project that might just make her pop's most subversive new talent. Words: Lisa Wright. Photo: Charlotte Patmore.


t's a weirdly difficult thing to spend your whole life as a creative person, just doing a version of yourself because you have to make sure the other person is happy with your output,” explains Rebecca Taylor - formerly one half of Sheffield folk pop duo Slow Club. “I loved it, but it wasn't fully me, and I underestimated how much that affected me over the years. I was way more ambitious than where we were getting to and you can't push someone else to be like that,” she pauses for a beat, “apparently”. Eventually calling time on the band that had been her life for the past decade, what started as an Instagram account (@selfesteemselfesteem) full of all-too-real observations has since grown into a full solo project with an album due for release via Fiction early next year. The funny, fucked-off, screen-shotted iPhone notes bearing thoughts such as 'no art show is

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worth bumping into you for' that characterised those early posts still set the tone for Rebecca's brand of defiant pop, but now they're surrounded by sparse, beat-driven backing and powerhouse vocals, too. “All that gets me off is harmony and beat and I just was constantly saying that it needed to sound like 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' because I still think that's one of the most unbelievable records ever,” she explains of the album - recorded at Margate's Electric Beach studios sporadically over the past two years. “It feels meaty. It doesn't feel girly, and I never wanted it to be sweet. I did too many years of that and I never felt comfortable with it.” Thematically, Self Esteem's output also falls into this realm. Fuelled by a myriad of factors all contributing towards the strong, confident voice that defines her work now – from the relief of finally “being as myself

as I possibly can be” to the broader impact of the #metoo movement and “realising my rights as a woman for the first time, because I grew up with this idea that you've got to be ladylike and I was always too loud” - hers is a slightly more experienced pop outlook that feels genuinely refreshing. “I have massive ambitions - too big - and I know I'll die unhappy, but I now at least know that I've given it a go in a way that ticks all [my] boxes and I couldn't honestly have said that before, so it's great,” she says. “And now, it's so brilliant and so much fun to do and I've made a job that I like loads and that feels like success.”


TITLE: TBC WHERE: Electric Beach Studios SONGS: ‘Rollout’, ‘Wrestling’ DUE: March 2019

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DIY, December 2018 / January 2019