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Production and mix: ‘Premonition And Ruin’ by Ember Rev

A concept album around a lament for the European ideal. I mixed and co-produced working with songwriter Dan Ecclestone.

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Backstory

I met Ember Rev’s singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dan Ecclestone in Cambridge through Ian Shepherd, a friend of his. I was looking for a singer and liked his Bowie-esque timbre and approach to vocals.

We discussed our upcoming projects over a beer and agreed on a reciprocal collaboration. He pitched his band’s next project as substantially more rock than their first album. Ian was on board as a master engineer.

Subtitled “a remainer’s lament for the European ideal”, Premonition and Ruin is an exceptional album, filled with original songs, beautifully written and arranged. Furthermore, I was excited about working with the accordion. It doesn’t happen often, and I love the instrument.

Production

When I started mixing the first song, England’s Finest Hour, I thought right away of spicing the accordion up, in a Gotan Project sort of style. I worked on the sound and the flow of the delay effect, ending up adding a strange electronic feel to the instrument. Logic’s automation allowed me to achieve a nice fluctuating movement.

For the first time, I’ve used my version of Michael Brauer’s multi-bus compression. Dan enjoyed my creative approach to mixing to the point of giving me co-producer credits.

Workflow

I added the project to my Trello boards and added Dan as a contributor. We both followed the plan in real time interacting through comments, links and suggestions. We met at least once a week, and the workflow went on in the smoothest possible way. Ian started his involvement with that same first song, using a mix I exported to Dropbox. I used his advice to sort a few EQ problems out.

Review

Simone mixed my band’s latest two albums. I worked closely with him during this process, using his Trello-based methodology to help sequence the work. Each song appeared as a series of tasks to be completed, checked and commented on. As a result, we were able to manage our time smoothly and efficiently. Creative ideas flowed back and forth. I’m looking forward to involving him in the next recordings! Dan Ecclestone, Ember Rev

Follow-ups

A year later, I ended up mixing the band’s follow-up album From The Country To The City To The Sea, as well as Dan’s debut solo album Hidden Music in January 2021.

Credits

Dan Ecclestone
vocals, guitar, ukulele
Chris Peckham
accordion
Dom Hall-Smith
bass
Ian Pickering
drums

Production

Written and produced by Dan Ecclestone / Recorded by Bugs at Half Ton, Cambridge / Co-produced and mixed by Simone Silvestroni / Mastered by Ian Shepherd / © 2018 Dan Ecclestone.