Self Esteem announces details of her forthcoming second album “Prioritise Pleasure” and shares the title track and accompanying self-directed video.
“Prioritise Pleasure” pulls apart and inspects the mantra running through the core of the album, unpacking unapologetically tending to your own needs, confronting your flaws and dealing with the ways you’ve been wronged.
“Prioritise Pleasure” is due for release Friday 22nd October via Fiction Records, and also features acclaimed recent single “I Do This All The Time,” which made the BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music playlists and was the song performed on “Later… With Jools Holland”.
The video for ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ was directed by Rebecca Lucy Taylor (AKA Self Esteem) and shot at The Almeida Theatre with the help of Mr Mr Films, the second in a series following ‘I Do This All The Time’. The video is a homage to Madonna’s blonde ambition tour and choreographed by Stuart Rogers.
Working again with producer Johan Karlberg [of afro-fusion trio The Very Best], the new album – follow up to Self Esteem’s 2019 debut album – was stitched together throughout the pandemic in chunked sessions, the time between each batch encouraging Taylor to fully flesh out her ideas.
Breaking a personal cycle of trauma-suppression, Taylor says, starts with laying out these instances of her personal experience – self-doubt, heartbreak, sexual assault, the urge to compare – and realising that one stands out as something that truly can’t be justified as part and parcel of life.
Self Esteem will be embarking on an 19-date headline tour later this year, taking in shows across the country including London’s Heaven, a hometown show at The Leadmill, Sheffield and a date in Dublin. Before then she has three shows in July and August. All dates, below…
UK 2021 TOUR DATES
29th July – The Box @ FarGo Village, Coventry
30th July – Camp Bestival, Dorset
8th August – Get Together, Sheffield
1st November – Fleece, Bristol
2nd November – Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
3rd November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
4th November – O2 Academy, Oxford
6th November – The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
7th November – Audio, Glasgow
9th November – The Workmans Club, Dublin
10th November – Gorilla, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
11th November – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (SOLD OUT)
12th November – The Leadmill, Sheffield
14th November – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
15th November – Sub 89, Reading
16th November – The Joiners, Southampton
17th November – Heaven, London (SOLD OUT)
19th November – Elsewhere, Margate (SOLD OUT)
20th November – Patterns, Brighton (SOLD OUT)
23rd November – Phoenix, Exeter
24th November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
25th November – Metronome, Nottingham
Photos credit: Olivia Richardson