Emotionally Gripping “Smile” Short Film Explores Mental Health
“Best Music Video” Winner at Silver Sound Showdown Festival
“Best Cinematography” + “Best Editing” at Freedom Shorts XVI Festival
Accepted to Pasadena International Film Festival
Click Image Above To Watch “Smile” Video
Self-Titled Debut LP Out March 3
“Shimmery synth pop magic” – Earmilk
” …so much fun it’s easy to lose sight of the subject matter and just get carried away by the fun of the beat and the exuberance of the arrangement.” – Bullett
” …a perfect mix of indie pop, coupled with a catchy bridge and slick guitar solo. What more could one want?” – Indie Shuffle
” …takes you to another place and leaves you wanting more.” – Medium
“The sensations of wanderlust are displayed with the most exquisite array of synths & arrangements that keep the mind wondering while wandering through the lengths & depths of the unknown.”
“[‘I’d Go Anywhere (Do Anything)” It comes to an intense crescendo, with sounds crashing against each other, but eventually fizzles out, in the way an unrequited love does. This mimicry makes it both fun and forceful.” – The Wild Honey Pie
Connecticut-based solo artist Jay Pray reveals the heartbreaking short-film for album cut “Smile” which won “Best Music Video” at Silver Sound Showdown Festival, “Best Cinematography” + “Best Editing” at Freedom Shorts XVI Festival and was accepted to Pasadena International Film Festival. “Smile” is an emotionally gripping video following a woman as she revisits her memories through projections alongside her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The “Smile” video premiered with Pure Volume today.
Justin Romanos learned how to make music growing up in rural Connecticut, both by playing and by recording in his own makeshift home studio. During college at Drexel University’s Music Industry Program, he found a home with likeminded peers, and gained the nickname, “J Pré.” He honed his craft by continuously writing, and spent much of his time in the close knit Philadelphia basement community, where he fronted the indie rock band SHMNS. After graduating college in 2014, he moved back to Woodbury, CT to regroup, refocus, and reinvent himself as a musician. He spent the last two years writing and recording songs for this album as well as many, many others that may never see the light of day. Stay tuned for news about live dates!