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Soundtrack review: Tomorrow we disappear (Dan Romer – 2015)

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Soundtrack review: Tomorrow we disappear (Dan Romer – 2015)


“Tomorrow we disappear” is a documentary about the last remnants of a culture born out of folk art and molded by poverty. Since the 1970s New Delhi’s magicians, puppeteers, and circus performers have called the tinsel slum, the Kathputli Colony, their home. Last year the government issued relocation permits to the colony residents; the slum is to be bulldozed, cleared for development. Dan Romer wrote the score.

The year of minimalism in film music welcomes its latest element and I am still not full. I have a strange sensation when I listen to the beautiful opening “How we used to live”: it feels as if I’m listening to the end credits of a movie; not necessarily a happy ending, but a point where we can imagine any continuation for the story. Actually, this mood continues even after the first cue ends. There’s only one word that comes to mind when I think about this score, and that’s “nice”. Except it’s not the “nice” that you would associate with forgettable or thanks, don’t call us, we’ll call you…it’s the nice that’s needed every now and then in life to make us appreciate the simples things or the ones we take for granted. This score is like watching a scene you are not a part of but which makes you feel warm inside… like being in the park and watching children play on a beautiful summer day… when everyone is relaxed and happy and there is no shadow anywhere to be seen. It won’t be a moment that changes your life but it will be one that will make you smile every time you will remember it; it will be a bookmark in your life of a time when some things just felt right and fell together right.

The instrumentation is simple and optimistic. The mood is like the clear blue sky. Simple is rich when it comes to “Tomorrow we disappear”. Even if this score will disappear I will keep the memory of it because I love a composition that keeps its innocence for the duration and doesn’t pretend to be more than it is. I hope you will receive this 21 minutes long musical postcard and you will add it to the drawer where you keep your nice mementos. It’s a celebration of nice music and hope and it will make your life a little richer. This score was a very nice surprise and I will keep Dan Romer’s name in mind.

Cue rating: 90 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 20

Album excellence: 52%


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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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