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The Die Is Cast (EP preview)

by Minutes to Midnight + Antiquity

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Silvia Maggi
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Silvia Maggi Land of Kings and Papillon have now become the soundtrack of two painful moments in history and my life: the murder of Jo Cox, and the UK voting to leave the EU.

I still feel the disillusion, nostalgia, and disconnection felt during what I remember as a chilly June. Fortunately, they're beautiful songs: I've already listened to them multiple times.

When Simone, Dan and Gerald work together, you know the result is going to be amazing. I'm looking forward to the rest of the album! Favorite track: Land Of Kings (remix).
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giulygran Minutes to Midnight is back! Again inspiration is from somewhere deep and personal, as for After 1989; Brexit, the tragic assassination of Jo Cox, the personal experience of living in the UK in such difficult times.
The melody is beautiful and poignant, the sounds suggesting quiet desperation, to quote Pink Floyd who have been a relevant part of the artist musical inspiration. A very pleasant and inspirational listen while waiting for the full album release, highly recommended Favorite track: Papillon (remix).
This was a land fit for Kings Well, I say ‘was’, we still stand To sing our songs of victory But I’d collapsed into your arms And like a child safe from harm I turned away Protected from the cruel and bitter winter We only sensed a momentary premonition
We break butterflies on the wheel For fear they may return Vengeful in colour We break dreamers and schemers and seers For fear they may return As armies in number We break butterflies on the wheel For fear they may inspire And lost in the beating of wings – a life. Everybody says it’s the will, it’s the way But how could we be so wrong? Everybody says the die is cast.


Remixes of two songs written by Dan Ecclestone in 2018, referencing the painful process of living in England through Brexit. As I had been living in the UK for five years when Brexit happened, I witnessed the exact opposite of what I loved about my adopted country. The night of the referendum I was up in front of the TV, watching my idea of the UK — England in particular — crumble before my eyes.

My next album is going to be a concept revolving around migration, about how idealizing the place where you move to can be deceitful.

Read more: minutestomidnight.co.uk/music/the-die-is-cast/


released June 3, 2021


Dan Ecclestone / vocals
Gerald Duchene / flugel horn, synth vocals
Romy Gensale / background vocals
Simone Silvestroni / bass, synth, drums, sound effects

Produced by Simone Silvestroni, co-produced by Gerald Duchene.


Dan Ecclestone / vocals, mellotron, distorted guitar
Gerald Duchene / flugel horn, trumpet, guitar, synth, percussion
Simone Silvestroni / fretless bass, keyboards, drums, sound effects

Produced by Simone Silvestroni & Gerald Duchene.

Recorded in England, Italy and the U.S.
Mixed and mastered by Simone Silvestroni.


© 2018 Music and lyrics Dan Ecclestone.
℗ 2021 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Minutes to Midnight and Antiquity. 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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