Self Esteem today announces her highly anticipated debut album Compliments Please, due for release via Fiction Records on 1st March 2019. To accompany the announcement, she also reveals her brilliant new single ‘The Best’, which joins ‘Rollout’ and ‘Wrestling’ as another early taste of what to expect from the record. ‘The Best’ was premiered by Steve Lamacq on his BBC Radio 6 Music show and is available to stream and download now. Compliments Pleaseis available to pre-order from today, with digital pre-orders receiving instant grats of ‘The Best’, ‘Rollout’ and ‘Wrestling’. Compliments Please is available to pre-order in heavyweight double vinyl, mintpack CD and as a bundle with a limited signed print via Self Esteem’s store.
Self Esteem is Rebecca Lucy Taylor, and a project which began with painting and prints and video alongside her day job writing and performing as one half of Slow Club. Since her musical divergence from the band, Rebecca has revelled in unleashing a whole version of herself with no compromises, no reducing herself, no hesitating. She would go on to write the songs that had been rising up inside her all through the years — big songs, that spoke of love and sex and chaos, that brought in huge basslines, gospel choirs, the kind of polished, provocative production she admired on the biggest pop records.
“I am overwhelmingly proud to have finally made the record that’s been sitting in my guts since I was a child,” says Rebecca.
“It has been challenging and incredibly frightening but so much more satisfying because of this. I wanted to make pop music for my fellow flawed, squashed and disgusting humans having a go at life. I feel I’ve succeeded. And if I haven’t, I’m hoping to make a fair few more.”
Compliments Please saw Rebecca working with songwriter and producer Johan Karlberg, seeking him out because she loved his band, The Very Best, as well as his approach to production: “He loves the fattest beat possible, and he loves to fuck with them, to find what would make it weirder, or that would make it dirtier — that's second nature to him, and it is to me too,” she explains of an album that reveals her to be not just a remarkable vocalist, but one of our most powerful and distinctive songwriters.
Self Esteem today announces a UK tour for March 2019, taking in eleven shows including a stop at London’s Village Underground. See overleaf for the full list of dates; tickets go on general sale at 10am on Monday 10 December, with exclusive pre-sale tickets available via DICE from today.
Today also marks the release of Self Esteem’s mash up of The Walkmen’s ‘The Rat’ and Lumidee’s ‘Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)’. The track was originally recorded at the iconic Maida Vale Studios in London and aired on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 show as part of her BBC Live Session.
The announcement follows a run of shows in November this year that also saw her perform as part of The Great Escape’s First 50, spotlighting acts performing at the festival in May 2019, and the release of her single ‘Rollout’, which is available to stream and download now via Fiction Records.
Self Esteem today debuts the video for her new single Rollout and announces a run of UK shows for November and December. Premiered by Wonderland today, the video is directed by long time friend and collaborator Piers Dennis, and features Self Esteem AKA Rebecca Lucy Taylor front and centre, and indulging her love for choreography and the art of the pop promo.
“I spent 10 years making music videos with the most horrific burning desire to do choreography and not being allowed to, so here we are, I suppose,”Rebecca tells Wonderland.
Rollout is available to stream and download now via Fiction Records.
Rollout is Self Esteems’s third single, following Wrestling, released earlier this summer, and last year’s critically acclaimed debut Your Wife. For a long time Rebecca was dividing her attention, working on painting and prints, and video, as Self Esteem, whilst the day job was writing and performing as one half of Slow Club, but now the music and the day job is Self Esteem too, and Rebecca is revelling in it. Witty, intelligent, extrovert and piercingly insightful, Rebecca no longer has to worry about anybody else’s opinion or treading on any toes, and can be wholly, wonderfully herself.