STANLÆY (Bethany Stenning) is an artist, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Firstly a writer, a painter, and a classical musician, Bethany discovered her love for singing, and writing her own music at age 16. She studied Music at Southampton University, and moved to Paris in 2015 to study French and Music at the Sorbonne alongside her degree. It is in Paris she met Marco Pavesi, a talented French musician who she began to collaborate with. In February 2016, Bethany and Marco recorded a 5-track EP in Tour, France. Bethany performed and recorded under a number of pseudonyms including “Stanhopea” and “Stanlæy”.
Bethany’s adventures took her to small town Maynooth, in Ireland where she would meet a talented hue of musicians through Common Grounds Collective which Bethany was heavily involved in during her stay in Ireland.
Bethany’s musical soundscape developed somewhere in the vague realms of ethereal folk/jazz/pop. Her wide range of influences stemming from the likes of Sigur Ros, Lou Harrison and Hiatus Kaiyote. “The Fader” magazine described 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 worked avidly with a quartet she named the seaweed string quartet and band to tour after the release of her first solo basement recorded album Ouroboros which was released 10th February 2017 (available to purchase via bandcamp). During their tour in Ireland, a live version of the album was recorded.
Bethany since moved to Bristol and the band now resides as a quartet that have played in a range of venues from large venues such as Southbank Centre in London, to more intimate settings such as The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol. Ft. Oliver cocup (drums), Ben Holyoake (Bass) and Naomi Hill (Violin). See gig page for upcoming gigs.
In May 2019 Bethany saw the release of her well received album The Human Project which was premiered at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol with a sell out show, and standing ovation. The album has received much national and international press. Later in the year, in December 2019, she also released a solo EP called ‘Rif’ titled after the little area in Northern Iceland she lived in and wrote/recorded the music in December 2018- January 2019. ‘Rif’ has been picked up by Gidean Coe on BBC radio 6, and has received a strong response to the twilight soundscapes.
Lastly, Bethany is an avid artist who has always been fascinated with painting the human form, and human sight. A love to combine sonic landscapes with visual ones. Her love for painting eventually transformed into her love for body-painting, and her love for writing mutated into scripting/video direction and production. Her album The Human Project is an audio-visual project with a music video/story for each of the 7 songs. Bethany has also directed and produced several music videos for other musicians bands’ such as Young Waters and Binbag Wisdom and her debut short film ‘Wear The Line’ was premiered in mid-2019 supporting My Octopus Mind at The Cube cinema.
Bethany is currently working on a new album with the current line-up of the band, and a separate solo project. As well as this, there are a few films and other artistic projects brewing so keep your ears peeled…
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