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.


from The Die Is Cast (EP preview), released June 3, 2021
Dan Ecclestone: vocals / mellotron / distorted guitar
Gerald Duchene: flugel horn / trumpet / guitars / synth / percussion
Simone Silvestroni: fretless bass / piano / synth / drums / sound effects

Remix production by Simone Silvestroni and Gerald Duchene.

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

Sample from the maiden speech by Jo Cox at the House of Commons – 3 June 2015.

© 2018 Music and lyrics Dan Ecclestone.
℗ 2021 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

Minutes to Midnight is the moniker used by Simone Silvestroni, a music producer, bassist and sound designer. After 10 years in the UK he's currently back in Italy.

The latest concept album, ‘After 1989’, is a real-life trip in history between two wars, as a grandson uncovered answers to how his grandfather managed to escape Germany in 1945.
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