Stanley June: Maps and Minutes:
I met Stanley about four years ago when my girlfriend at the time and her band had a spot at the Brazenhead in Sandton (I‘m sure it was the Brazenhead). At that early stage, I was there showing support as a good boyfriend should; tweeting and Facebooking about the performance, but I found an energy and passion in Stanley’s music that I hadn’t yet felt.
I even won a lucky giveaway for his first Album/EP: Imitating Art and managed to get a selfie with him!
Imagine my glee when I received an email that not only had dear old Stanley grown out his hair, but he’d be releasing his debut album: Maps and Minutes!
Maps and Minutes Release:
The new album, that I’m over the moon to be able to everyone about, includes fourteen brand-new tracks, including two bonus acoustic tracks (How he started when I met him at Brazenhead). The album title refers to making the most of your time by experiencing different parts of the world and being exposed to its people and cultures.
“I’m genuinely proud of this album. It has been quite a big growing experience for me; not only as a musician but also as a producer and a songwriter. I think the album really encapsulates exactly who I am at this point in time. The album is extremely dynamic; there are heavy songs, slow songs and upbeat songs – truly a little bit of everything. I can’t wait to take it on the road and hear people’s thoughts.“– Stanley June about the album ‘Maps & Minutes’.
This release follows Stanley June’s debut album, ‘Imitating Art’, in 2013, which delivered numerous radio singles and favourable responses from critics and music lovers.
Once again, he is responsible for all the lyrics and compositions on his second album. Apart from two tracks recorded and produced by the renowned Jake Odendaal at Maven Productions, Stanley June recorded and produced the rest of the tracks at his own studio, MusicSwan Studios in Johannesburg. Musicians he collaborated with on the album include Andy Maritz (drummer for amongst others Dan Patlansky and Stuart Reece), Paul Loots (session guitarist for amongst others Snotkop and Chris Chameleon) and Corné Crous (lead vocalist of Paper Plane City).
Two Music Videos:
Stanley June has already released two singles and music videos of ‘Maps & Minutes’, namely ‘Define Love’ and ‘Never Let me Go’. The third single to be released off the album and currently, on its way to radio and TV, is entitled ‘Holding On’.
“Holding On’ is about how our words and actions affect those around us, often even without our knowledge. It’s important to always be kinder than necessary because everyone is going through some sort of struggle that you don’t know anything about. I tried to illustrate that in the video to show how our actions have an influence on the atmosphere around us. I wanted to show this by adding smoke and floating particles in the room that reacts to the dynamics of the music.” – Stanley June about ‘Holding On’.
I cannot wait to hear more from Stanley June and his coming cruise of music awesomeness! I really think that he’s going to grow further to being one of the top acts this year!