Smiley Face is the debut album by Showtime Goma, the first solo outing from performer and writer Jen Goma. Whether leading A Sunny Day in Glasgow or collaborating with musicians and artists – including Deerhoof, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jherek Bischoff, Ice Choir and Roman à Clef- chances are, she’s performing in your home town tonight. Chances are, Jen is standing behind you right now. Smiley Face is a record forged in these same fires of collaboration – bolstered by Deerhoof’s heavy hitter Greg Saunier, plus appearances by composer Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Tom Waits), and an assortment of Goma’s ASDiG pals.
Smiley Face sounds like a labor of love (because it is). It’s DIY pop music built to stir and inspire. The record is an invitation, an invocation – to joy, anger, and catharsis in a time when apathy is not an option. Goma’s voice is the guiding light – forceful and flexing through 10 dance pop parables of freedom, time, and irreverence. Smiley Face‘s anthems are defiantly optimistic in an era of carefully constructed cynicism. A light record with a dark sense of humor, brimming with hope and energy. It wants to take care of you.