Rebecca Lucy Taylor is a multi-talented artist, director, actor, creator, and writer also known as Self Esteem.
Recognise the name? Taylor is formerly of Slow Club, whose twee pop championed the alternative Sheffield scene throughout most of the 00s. But instead of a girl/boy dynamic, she’s graced her debut solo album, Compliments Please with sticky-sweet pop melodies and bright vocals.
The record dropped relatively quietly on 1st March 2019, but Taylor has been working on the project for the majority of her adult life, shifting her focus from Slow Club slowly over time. It seems when she started focusing solely on Self Esteem, things fell into place for Taylor. Her music has already garnered positive attention and the band will play Glastonbury this summer.
With music reminiscent of Robyn and upbeat melodies that linger in your head like Bombay Bicycle Club, Self Esteem is a great mix of the old and new. Embodying alternative pop with vintage influences, Taylor creates a stew of slow-cooked groove in every song. Storytelling is apparent in her music, as she makes her emotions evident in soul-bearing lyrics. Channelling her inner vulnerabilities is a strength that comes from flourishing in her own identity; Taylor revels in being wholly herself. The best is yet to come for Rebecca Lucy Taylor and Self Esteem.