STANLÆY is the brain child and alter-ego of musician, artist, and composer Bethany Stenning where Bethany composes music both as a solo artist, and collaborating with other musicians / a live band to bring the music to a live environment. The live band is currently a quartet led by Bethany Stenning (vocals, electric guitar) with Ben Holyoake (Bass), Naomi Hill (violin) and Oli Cocup (kit) where the band’s avant-garde soundscape has developed in a diverse genre pool of jazz, chamber-pop and folk, being compared to artists such as Joanna Newsom and Hiatus Kaiyote. The band takes listeners on a journey through ethereal ambient vocal/violin duets, to jagged rock outs – evolving from heavier to more delicate sounds with absolute ease.
They have gained a reputation for their thoughtful yet eruptive live shows in which the band collaborate and perform live interpretations of Bethany’s self-produced music (available to listen to on Spotify and bandcamp) and songs they are working on and developing together. The current line up have toured the South-west extensively since performing together in late 2018, played many well knowns festivals across the UK. The band STANLÆY was recently one of Pink Wafers 20 bands to look out for in Bristol alongside big names Yama Warashi and The Evil Usses. Further, STANLÆY was London’s The Standard’s top of the 20 upcoming bands you should see at Glastonbury 2019, exclaiming: “If Björk had grown up in the WestCountry, we reckon this is what her music would have sounded like. Freaky folksongs with alluringly erratic vocals and knotty song structures make STANLÆY a compelling prospect.”