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The previous version of the concept started and ended in a circular way. The first and last song, both titled 'Tempus Fugit', shared the same harmony and lead melody. They served as an introduction to the World War II scenario (Part 1 contained a war siren sample and the BBC war radio broadcast) and a hopeful exit at the same time. The minor key of Part 1 subtly turned into a major in Part 2, which was also intended as a ‘end credits’ feature for a theatrical live version of the album.

When it came to refactor the album, there was a section of 'Tempus Fugit Part 1' that I always liked, as it was more evocative and had an eerie feel to it. It was also, coincidentally, the section that I personally wrote for that tune. I kept it, discarded everything else before and after, and rebuilt a song around.

The core bass line was the key feature to me, so I started with it, along with the playground sound effect. In the end, the song is a representation of 13-year-old me who went to the cinema to watch a film, The Day After, and came out traumatised. I created a new piano progression around the bass groove and everything started making sense.


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

On a Friday—I believe
When I watched the film
And the fear would never leave

Never leave
Never leave
Never leave


from After 1989: A Trip To Freedom (Original Demos & Outtakes), released April 30, 2020
Written and produced by
Simone Silvestroni

Performed by
Simone Silvestroni / vocals, bass, drums, piano, sound effects
Paolo Clementi / electric guitars

Management by
Christopher Carvalho / Unlock Your Sound Ltd

© 2019-2020 Minutes to Midnight.
℗ 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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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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