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Land Of Kings (Remix)

by Antiquity

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Gerald Duchene:
Simone asked me to work on this remix. When I heard the original recording I thought there is something here but I couldn't put my finger on it. The song took shape very quickly and I knew we had something. Proud to be a part of this. In fact, It's just Antiquity with the names rearranged.

Simone Silvestroni:
During the initial phase of writing my next concept album, titled 'The Die Is Cast', I had the idea of working on a remix of two songs by Cambridge-based band Ember Rev. In 2018, together with their songwriter Dan Ecclestone, I worked as a co-producer and mixer for their second album, 'Premonition And Ruin'.

At the time, a song didn't make the final cut. It was a piece divided in two short parts, bookending the album, that I always liked. I remember telling Dan — somewhat jokingly — that I would sooner or later want to use it. 'Land Of Kings' is my interpretation of part 2. 'Papillon' is the fourth song in the album, and my absolute favorite of the entire Ember Rev catalog.

Both songs feature lyrics referencing the painful process of living in England through Brexit, both pre and post referendum, and that's what triggered my idea to do the remixes. My next album is in fact a concept revolving around migration, about how idealizing the place where you move to can be deceitful.

I had been living in the UK for five years when Brexit happened. What was going on was the exact opposite of what I loved about my adopted country. I remember the night of the referendum: I was up in front of the TV, watching my idea of the UK — England in... more
released June 3, 2021


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

Remix production by Simone Silvestroni. Co-produced by Gerald Duchene.

Remix production by Simone Silvestroni and 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.



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


released July 17, 2021
Dan Ecclestone: vocals
Gerald Duchene: flugel horn / synth vocals
Romy Gensale: background vocals
Simone Silvestroni: bass / synth / drums / sound effects


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Antiquity New York

Gerald Duchene, wrote the music and lyrics, produced and played on these tunes, and Dan Ecclestone is responsible for the vocals and melody lines and Simone Silvestroni provided the wonderful and ethereal bass lines. Dan and Simone are based in Cambridge UK and I’m based in Brooklyn New York ... more

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