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.
Stanlaey’s most recent project, The Human Project, was premiered at Harbour Lights Cinema, Southampton Docks, May 22nd 2017. The project’s Premiere was sold out and received a standing ovation. Since, the music itself has received the Southampton Hazel Muras-Osborn Composition award. The film for The Mountain Collector has received the TMCLFF Award of Recognition, won the Feel The Reel London film festival award, and received recognition from several international film festivals.
The project embodies 7 elements, within 7 songs and videos where each song comes to personify an element in a unique and distinct way. The Human Project takes the audience through 7 hues, revealing the body as a canvas to represent natural elements as a metaphor for cognitive states of mind, and the evolution of the body. The human body transforms itself into a real life canvas.