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After 1989: A Trip To Freedom (Original Demos & Outtakes)

by Minutes to Midnight

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Defence Condition is two A giant leap for mankind A small step for you Unless you’re blind We pull a blockade And call it quarantine Could be our last day You might convene First strike: miscalculation Second strike: retaliation You keep pushing for war or invasion We just want the best conclusion In the meantime Helen stares at the window Hugging her husband
Waiting for that cloud —Not coming, is it?— It’s dark outside The red of a street light She might never live To see another nice Saturday night
Nineteen-eighty-three On a Friday night—I think When I took my seat And the lights went off On the biggest screen I cannot tell the way it was But I went miles away A boy in a foreign land A farmer, a soldier A groom and a bride Children, a daughter In the countryside A doctor, a nurse The fire in the sky A priest and a curse Burns to the eye Nineteen-eighty-three On a Friday—I believe When I watched the film And the fear would never leave Never leave Never leave Never leave


A companion to the concept album released in 2019, 'Original Demos and Outtakes' is a rough and unpolished partial testimony of a different approach.

Read the case study: minutestomidnight.co.uk/music/after-1989-demos/


released April 30, 2020


Simone Silvestroni / bass, keyboards, strings, drums, sound effects
Paolo Clementi / guitars, viola, strings

Historical sound effects in the public domain. Original sound effects recorded on location between 2017 and 2019. Sound editing and restoration by Simone Silvestroni.

Recorded in Milan (Italy), London and Cambridge (UK). Produced by Simone Silvestroni at the Garden Room, Cambridge, UK.

This is a demo, it's not properly mixed nor mastered.

Sleeve design by Simone Silvestroni. 

© 2019-2020 Music & lyrics by Simone Silvestroni. All rights reserved.

℗ 2019-2020 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Minutes to Midnight. Minutes to Midnight is the exclusive trademark of Simone Silvestroni. All trademarks and logos are protected.


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Minutes to Midnight Milan, Italy

A digital polymath, I’ve been working as a sound and web designer for more than 25 years.

Storytelling with music was always a huge magnet as a young listener, hence why the concept album is my favorite medium as a composer.
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