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Jamieson, Sarah (22 October 2021). "Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure". DIY . Retrieved 29 October 2021.
Slow Club’s gradual demise became the subject of a 2018 documentary called Our Most Brilliant Friends, and today Taylor views their protracted breakup as a symptom of her own people-pleasing tendencies. “I was so scared of pissing [Watson] off – not because he inspired that in me; that’s just what I’m like.” Singh, Surej (26 July 2022). "Mercury Prize 2022 shortlist revealed". NME . Retrieved 26 July 2022.Taylor appeared in series two of I Hate Suzie in 2022, which starred Billie Piper as the title character.  She has been announced to be appearing in a new comedy Smothered to be aired in 2023.  Ahmed, Narzra (18 October 2021). "Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure". Clash . Retrieved 29 October 2021. a b Wadia, Helena (21 February 2019). "How Rebecca Taylor found her self-esteem". The Line of Best Fit . Retrieved 18 October 2020.
Self Esteem's music is characterised by its prominent drum rhythms, female choral elements  and powerful, precisely articulated lead vocals, often alongside organs, distorted guitars and string arrangements. Taylor has said "I love heavy beat and heavy bass, I love strings, I love choir, and I love big, cinematic sounds".  Self Esteem has been described as pop, art pop, experimental pop and indie/alternative pop; Taylor herself has said that she dislikes it being described as "indie".  Her lyrics and vocal delivery are central to the songs: she has been described as "one of the best lyricists of her generation"  and as having live vocals "so clear and pure they could wake bears from hibernation".  She writes songs on guitar before arranging them with other musicians.  Taylor has described herself and her producer Johan Hugo Karlberg as being "obsessed" with Kanye West,  and she has cited a range of other influences including Madonna, Destiny's Child, Rihanna, Outkast, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Kate Bush, Max Richter, Arctic Monkeys, and Lady Gaga.      Although she has worked with other musicians on Self Esteem, Taylor has used the project to channel her own undiluted ideas, in constrast to her experience with Slow Club where she felt she constantly had to compromise, saying "I hate this idea that compromise and collaboration is the only way to make something good".   Self Esteem I Interview I Music-News.com. MusicNewsWeb. 6 April 2022. Archived from the original on 10 February 2023 . Retrieved 10 February 2023– via YouTube. a b "Self Esteem: The bigger I get, the more threatening I become". BBC News. 20 July 2022 . Retrieved 22 March 2023.
Helm, Jake; Cairns, Dan; Dean, Jonathan. "25 best albums of 2021". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0140-0460 . Retrieved 17 December 2021. Beaumont-Thomas, Ben; Snapes, Laura (29 November 2021). "The 20 best songs of 2021". The Guardian . Retrieved 1 December 2021.