Bethany Stenning (also known as Stanlæy) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, painter, author, and filmmaker among an array of other artistic titles that she comfortably fulfils.
Bethany's musical soundscape developed somewhere in the blurred realms of ethereal gypsy folk-pop as coined by one of her friends. Her wide range of influences stemming from the likes of Bjork, Sigur Ros, and the Dirty Projectors. "The Fader" magazine describes Bethany's sound as "eerie" with "Kate Bush-esque vocals" in their review of her song "The Love Machine" which made it through to the long-list of Glastonbury's upcoming talent competition 2016.
Bethany was first in a band in Bath with Stevie-Jo Dooley, and Ellie Frank, before moving to Southampton and starting her own project STANLÆY. They have thus played at venues such as The Talking Heads, The Notes Café and released their debut album, Ouroboros, on the 10th February 2017, before taking a mini tour of the album.
Bethany is a highly prolific collaborative artist and is currently undertaking a project called "The Human Project". Stanlaey's exciting new brain-child collaborates with 50 (and growing) musicians, artists, actors, dancers, models, and cinematographers all working towards bringing the project to reality. They hope to publicly present the project in May 2017.
The project stems from Stanlaey’s fascination with embodiment, and particularly in using the body as a canvas to represent natural elements as a metaphor for cognitive states of mind. It is primarily a sonic-visual project, so the videos and music will be in harmony to one another.
- May 22nd | The Human Project debut screening, Harbour Lights Cinema, Southamton