Self Esteem is everywhere right now (and for good reason!)

❤️ Nominated for Best New Artist at the 2022 Brit Awards.

❤️ Front page of this weeks Time Out Valentine’s edition talking about self love.

❤️ Prioritise Pleasure won the Guardian’s 2021 album of the year.

❤️ BBC Introducing Artist of the Year 2021.

We could go on with the awards and accolades… but you get the picture. Self Esteem is having a moment, so we thought we best introduce her and explain why we’re so excited to welcome this unique breed of pop star to Standon Calling in 2022.

Rebecca Taylor has achieved a lot in the past few years. Introduced to the world as one half of indie-folk duo, Slow Club. You may recognise her talented lyricism and commitment to performance if you saw Slow Club play at Standon Calling 2017.

Having gone solo as Self Esteem shortly after, she is leaning further into the power of using her full voice his was an opportunity for out-and-out autonomy, shedding past skins and striving towards glossy, behemoth pop.

“I just had such a desire to do what I wanted, and ‘Hot Pop Star’ was a digestible, succinct way to describe it,” she explains. “I have been an indie girl since I was about 13; I was exhausted at having to communicate that supposed authenticity. And so the first thing you saw of Self Esteem was me realising that nobody was telling me no anymore. I could make things as fun and as funny and creative as possible. With videos, shows, photoshoots… every time you’ve got an opportunity to do something, why wouldn’t you do the most amazing thing you could cook up?”

This deeply frank, creative and fun sentiment resides in all aspects of her work and performance. Each track on Prioritise Pleasure handles difficult themes with nuanced perspective, comforted and counter-balanced with an array of rhythmic flourishes that speak to the eclectism of her experience and influence.

Taylor’s knack for intimate, confessional and witty lyricism makes her work both endearing and joyful. She reminds us all of the importance of being our unapologetic selves (and who doesn’t need a bit of that sometimes!)

There’s no doubt that Rebecca’s debut Standon Calling performance as Self Esteem is not to be missed.

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