Today we’re incredibly happy to say that DIY’s July 2021 issue is officially out now! Having recruited the incredible Self Esteem to be both our cover star and guest editor this month, our latest issue also includes the very first word on her powerful new album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’.
And that’s not all: on top of DIY’s usual smorgasbord of interviews, she’s helped to handpick and highlight some of her own favourites, too. But what better way to introduce our new issue than to hand over to Rebecca herself. So without further ado, here’s our Guest Editor…
Hi, it’s me, Rebecca Lucy Taylor, AKA Self Esteem. You may remember me from such indie bands as Slow Club and that brief while I sang backing vocals in Noah and the Whale. Or you might have found me through my solo stuff and accept me with no context. You could also be one of the men who’ve interpreted my last song terribly incorrectly and are trolling me and then falling silent when I correct you. However you’ve done it - welcome.
I am so thrilled to be on the cover and guest editing DIY this month. As you can imagine I always saw myself as a cover girl and I’m so grateful to DIY for not only being up for putting my dial on the front, but also for matching the concept with what my second album is preaching: PRIORITISE PLEASURE. I hope you find things that pleasure you in this issue. I’ve banged on about Jensen McRae - an American artist who has the most beautiful vocals i’ve ever heard, writes with heart and vulnerability and does not shy away from classic pop melodic choices. Yum. I also talk about the Katy Perry album ‘Prism’ which, no hyperbole, in conjunction with walking the hills of South Yorkshire in 2013 saved my life.
I’ve also managed to NOT talk about Perfume Genius for once and instead remind you or introduce you to Beverly Glenn-Copeland, serpentwithfeet and iamdoechii. And if that’s not arousing enough, there’s a long interview with me talking about me - which I CANNOT recommend enough - as well as the usual exquisite music journalism from DIY.
Thanks for having me, remember you don’t owe them anything. All my love, RLT
Elsewhere in our July 2021 issue, we catch up with Little Simz about her forthcoming new album, we talk new music(!) with Biffy Clyro, and dive into the bold new era of Laura Mvula. There’s also chats with ENNY, Oscar Lang, and LUMP - aka Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay - as well as Neu profiles with Lava La Rue, Priya Ragu and Horsey.
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