PAUL NATURAL Releases New Single Featuring Emerging Artist/Producer Miette Hope


Paul Natural, the ongoing solo project of Brooklyn-based artist and producer, Gabriel Stanley, has released his new track, “Close to Me.”

“Close to Me” features vocals from emerging talent and fellow Brooklynite, Miette Hope, and is available via all DSPs now.


“Close to Me” is the third single from Paul Natural’s forthcoming EP, Only Friends.

“This song is an optimist's take on love,” shares Stanley. “One of the most important parts of our shared experience yet it's something we have trouble describing accurately. The lyrics explore just having a connection in the moment versus the feeling of something lasting - ‘maybe love is a lie but we're better off.’ In keeping with this theme, we also made the arrangement very dynamic with all of the wild swings that accompany a great romantic connection.”

Regarding the accompanying visual, Stanley wanted something visceral that would highlight the song’s energizing movement. The incorporation of the Lotus, flowing metals and unnerving overhead wide shot of the ominous pulsing light deep below convey the fear and uncertainty that come with any time you open yourself up romantically. Animator Luke Moellman also surprised Stanley and Hope with the beams over the water which made it the perfect representation of joy in the single moment that comes and goes no matter what happens.


Stanley is a Director of Photography by trade and started his career working in the camera department while playing music in NYC. He later worked as a Creative and DP with Pharrell Williams, developing content for Williams company i am OTHER. During this time, Stanley’s artist project PROM released their first Billboard charting single.

In 2012, Stanley founded I Love You As A Person, aka ILYAAP, to aid in expanding his body of work as a Director, DP and a creative. To date, He has worked with clients like eBay, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, ABC/Disney, Audi, Conde Naste, Sony/UMG, Larry King, MTV, Broadway Video, NBC, and Bravo.

In 2018, Stanley and long-time collaborator Jenna Laurenzo worked as digital producers for Andy Cohen at WWHL. Currently, Stanley and Laurenzo are working on a new film that builds off their 2016 viral sensation, Girl Night Stand, which has amassed over 100 million streams.

Also in 2018, Stanley conceived Paul Natural, after collaborating with Cautious Clay on a remix of his song “Call Me,” which has streams in the millions and continues to appear on playlists globally. In addition to his work as Paul Natural, Stanley has produced singles and LPs for emerging artists like Zoe Moss, Dominic Augustin, and Xoller.

Paul Natural’s forthcoming EP, Only Friends, features Stanley’s collaborations with several of his musical friends including Airplane Man, Dominic Augustin, the aforementioned Miette Hope, and many more.




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