“Silent Revolution is best described as a meeting between an indie songwriter and a pop-rock band. The former is Massimiliano Morini, an English musician and writer born in Italy by mistake, and joined for the occasion by Lorenzo Gasperoni, Francobeat Naddei and Denis Valentini. Moro’s debut album, My Favourite Season, was published in 2010 to great critical acclaim. With its finely crafted songs of love, lust and loneliness, it won two Indie Awards in 2011 (for best rock album and best English lyrics), and evoked comparisons with the likes of Tim Buckley, Bob Corn, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens and Micah P. Hinson. Morini himself, who authors all the music and the lyrics, says: ‘I try to write Paul Weller songs with Leonard Cohen lyrics’. The other members of the band say he’s mad – but not dangerous mad, so they agree to follow him on tour and in the studio, nonetheless”.
Abundantly versatile harmonies and warm Italian hospitality, Moro`s upbeat propensity for the summery Indie-Pop arrangement is a delicious social invitation to some genuinely fascinating soul food with all those belly-busting trimmings. Bright splashes of a young and super-dynamic Paul Simon or Ray Davies are not too daringly far-fetched in musical comparisons, reeling off a long list of other similar contemporaries would only be counterproductive in this review but without those influential milestones and audio titbits Moro`s sound would certainly loose a huge chunk of it`s glowing euphoria. The incredible use of styles is melodically innovative, I had originally approached this record with an index finger poised to hit play and then quickly shuffle over to the next music submission. The half expectation of a room choking through an arid cloud of dreary predictability and self-destructive woes has sadly become a regular occurrence within this genre, sure I had already started today as a glass-half-empty type of guy. Two or three spins down the line, the wonderfully named Massimiliano Morini has lifted the mood considerably and restored my faith in a singer-songwriter`s ability to musically dazzle.
“Morini also works as a literary translator – and a bare look at the lyrics is enough to show that Moro’s inspiration is literary as much as musical. There’s Philip Larkin in Silent Revolution, Tony Harrison in a pose by any other name and Geoffrey Hill in When I go to bed too late. And everywhere, like a guiding spirit, there’s Spike Milligan, a comic and depressive genius who – had he not hated every kind of music invented after jazz – would have produced just this kind of cheerfully thoughtful music”.