Rebecca Lucy Taylor, aka Self Esteem, gives herself a full on sweaty work-out behind her drum kit in the video for her latest single, 'How Can I Help You'. "Spelling it out" on her Instagram page, Taylor said, "As you're watching my t**s in the video you're hearing 34 years of anger and frustration at the hands of you, men. The Same men making s***e jokes in my mentions, hassling me in dm's. I'll make my point however I f***ing want." She went on to explain that, "I've played the drums since I was 13. It was joyful and I was good at it but once I had t**s that joy turned to fear for what might be said to me/predatory looks whenever I played them. The video is primarily about reclaiming it, not being scared anymore."
'The Best' singer follows up her previous two 2021 singles - 'I Do This All The Time' and 'Prioritise Pleasure', with an altogether different song to much of her previous back catalogue. Whilst 'Prioritise Pleasure' had elements of shredded scuzzy guitars interlaced with the harmonic vocals, 'How Can I Help You' flips Self Esteem's usual style on it's head with a percussive aural onslaught and confrontational disposition.
"I don't know s**t" Taylor repeatedly calls out in an enraged and impassioned performance that captures a raw and unflinching honesty. The video too, also directed by Rebecca Lucy Taylor, perfectly visualises the pent up emotion that continually explodes during the succinct but powerful performance of her newest song.
'How Can I Help' is the latest track to be released from Self Esteem's second album, also titled, 'Prioritise Pleasure'. The album is Taylor's follow up to her debut solo album, 'Compliments Please', and is set for release via Fiction Records on October 22nd. In a recent press statement Rebecca said that her new record was, "13 songs of cleansing myself of the guilt and fear of being a woman who is ‘too much’ and replacing that very notion with a celebration of myself, of you, of being a human and the way that isn’t always easy or perfect, and that’s ok" adding that "I think it’s maybe my finest hour!"
The former Slow Club singer is now well and truly established in her own right and her new, brutally honest and unapologetic, set of 13 songs will no doubt bring her to a much wider audience this year. Here's to "not being sacred anymore".
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