Based in Champaign, Illinois, Tomorrow Is Already Here is the electro/folk/indie rock solo project of songwriter/engineer Garret Gengler. “Make Believe” is the 2012 album release, now available for purchase and download at Bandcamp. Whether you know it or not, you’ve probalby heard Tomorrow Is Already Here before. This music lives within all of us. Maybe it’s from the sound of that quiet bleakness we all feel when sadness comes to the door and doesn’t want to leave. It exists in quiet lonely nights, chilly autumn evenings, and the muted grey of the world when it’s been raining all day.
Tomorrow Is Already Here’s music looks at those little feelings we all have and gives them an exquisitely beautiful voice. It’s easy enough to describe how the music on “Make Believe” sounds, but it’s not as easy to convey the emotional impact it has.
Everything about this twelve track jewel, is beautifully composed, elegantly performed and topped off with Garret Gengler’s simple understated lyrics, which read as well as poetry.
His voice and acoustic guitar are backed up by various accompaniments: some electric guitar and bass, some synthesizers, some delicate percussion and other tasteful audio interludes, providing just the right bittersweet background.
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It’s quiet, melancholy sounding folk with an addicting quality that can’t really be explained. Melancholy does not mean the songs in themselves are sad or depressing, on the contrary often the tracks are actually uplifting. Its just that the overall tones are kept low-key, very intimate and personal.
Standout tracks include, “Juliet,” “New Liberties,” “Four And Twenty,” “Fortune And Fame” and “Beliefs Never Heard.”
If you mixed an acoustic version of Portishead with the delicate vocal tones displayed on the debut Coldplay album, you’ll find that the musical and atmospheric presence of Tomorrow Is Already Here, resides somewhere in between.
The songs are gentle and contemplative but never self-conscious or cloying. The conviction of Garret Gengler’s delivery gives them an emotional weight and once you are drawn in by the voice, it weaves a hypnotic spell that makes you feel something, even if you’re not sure exactly what it is.
“Make Believe” is an extremely accomplished album. Every song on here is graceful and the instrumentation perfectly matches the gentle vocal style. There is a quiet strength to his music that at first listen can almost seem achromatic. Instead, this understated quality is a rare treat, considering today’s music trends.
Tomorrow Is Already Here does not scream for the listeners attention, but rather invites them into a new intimate world. Where each track resonates through the listeners soul and the effect is deep, exuding serenity and honesty in a very unique way.
All in all, “Make Believe” is an interesting, multi-faceted album with depth, innovation, beauty and soul.
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