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The Silent Senders

by The Silent Senders

The new frontier of the electronic instrumental rock, an alternative soundtrack for visionary stories.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The silent sending
6:35 $0.99
2. I know it well
5:30 $0.99
3. Cairolisergico
5:00 $0.99
4. Ira
4:21 $0.99
5. Ma rose, mon etoile
4:27 $0.99
6. In september
4:28 $0.99
7. Playing an actor's bad day
5:59 $0.99
8. Little lovely achtung
6:21 $0.99
9. Last warning
4:26 $0.99
10. Well, that's another story...
3:30 $0.99
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Maurizio Duka Moroni (electronics) and Paolo "Dr. Phibes" Caucci (guitars)
are The Silent Senders.

Their first cd on exMachina/Audiosfera label: "The Silent Senders", exactly, is a Maurizio Duka Moroni's production.
It's an original and fanciful effort which, without submitting to the laws of mass market, lets these two musicians express themselves, following solely their musical tastes, proposing a powerful mix of electronic and alternative rock, contaminated from mediterranean atmospheres, that becomes commentary to an imaginary movie; it's charming, sincere music, where a few introductive dialogues create the right surroundings of a surrealistic story.

Here are a few outlines of this guiding thread concept, directly from Monica Soldini, author of the text written in the booklet of "The Silent Senders":

"...The idea was to tell something related to "sending", something not too obvious. Suddenly an image came out, of someone who was given a letter and must look for the addressee, in a lapse of time of ten days (the ten tracks fo the cd), having no clues about who it is.
During this research, which looks useless, this person meets people, places, images, except the addressee; it looks as if the research had lost importance by the way, until the ninth day, when the importance of going on researching is confirmed, even if the research itself will end as it had begun, in silence, still without knowing its aim.
In the tracks there are also references to tragic, really happened events, but mostly the situations are hazy, between dream/nightmare and reality.
Everyone can find a personal meaning."

A letter.
No stamp, no sender, no addressee.
With a smile they tell you " it will arrive. It will arrive anyhow"
There are no questions to ask, no explanations to give, no orders, no directions.
Let's start from here: who can be waiting for a letter without sender?
Who loves without knowing.
Who has no hope, who does not care, who is too far away, or too cold, or too used to fail.
Who is looking like you and does not see the aim, or looks and has already found it.
Who dies and who remains, who sees tragedy, madness.
Who is alone and scared of it, or scared of not being alone.
Who does not surrender and keep on looking.
Who gets to the end...

Those who will listen to the cd will recognize different musical influences and styles: from the dark and disquieting opening track "The Silent Sending", which could be the soundtrack of a John Carpenter's movie to the tenderness of "Ma rose, mon etoile", from the articulated 7/4 of "Cairolisergico" to the clear overbearance of "Ira", from the heart-breaking gloom of "Playing an actor's bad day" to the enraged pressing of "Little lovely achtung" and so on.
Every track has its own individuality and tells a story of its own, but surely all the tracks take part in showing that The Silent Senders always explore new territories keeping a very high quality standard with a very personal and unique style.
Technically speaking, in the cd there are notable stylistic refinements and technological alchemys which, never being just ornamental, take part in enriching the listening experience.



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MArco Benevento

A close listening
When I held for the first time The Silent Senders' cd I was perplexed: due to the particular external art work, at a first glance it didn't look like a cd, but like a post parcel. Then, handling it I realized that it's made of the same material as a cd, it has the same dimensions, it opens as a cd, and... how funny... there's a cd inside, probably it's a cd then... but the best of it is that now, after all this time, after having listened to it so many times, I think that lying there on my desk there's no cd, but a misterious post parcel.

Without sender.

That day, I put the cd in my cd player, I took the case and looked at it again and hearing the first note coming out of the speakers it happened that, unconsciously, I settled in my armchair, as I usually do when seeing a movie.
The track begins, with an intro that reminds me of the atmospheres of Dust Brothers' Fight Club. I look around me; the night traffic swarms beyond my window, the light of the monitor and the little neon illuminate badly the room where I am, for a moment everything seems to be preliminary to what I'm listening to: my room looks like the perfect setting for the story this music is bringing me into. With a sort of amused restlessness I open the booklet and read the text/non text of the track I'm listening: "The silent sending" (text/non-text because, in effect, there are no words in all the tracks, but in the booklet there are some things written, suggestions, a sort of instructions). The fist text/non-text is, likely, a dialogue between a post-office clerk and an unidentified charachter:

"No stamp required, but the receiver?"

Then it happens that, by chance, by magic or just because I was destined to like this cd, as in a script, as I read the last, fascinating lines of the dialogue:

"It will never arrive this way"
"It will... I know it well"

I raise my eyes from the booklet officially bewitched by what I just read and the music "really" starts, painted in Carpenter's colours, evolving, with a sharp guitar riff, in something clearly metal, supported by a session of strings emphasizing a solemn crescendo, introducing a piano solo, followed by manipulated sounds, atmospheres and rhytmics, in constant, never banal, evolution, which, as a good movie, is rich in surprises; the impression you get, however (in my case anyway) is not that you're listening to a soundtrack, but that you're actually seeing a movie...

And assuming that there's no screen to look at, you see the movie around you: suddenly that parcel on your desk, that "it will" echoing in your head, the music invading the room, make you awake suddenly in a "matrix" context, and that cd really looks like a parcel sent by misterious senders (which are not misterious at all, for they have name and surname), that you can easily imagine as a sort of Morpheus inciting us to open our eyes, to be not lined-up, but instead of communicating with us through the net, or making Carrie-Ann Moss whisper in our ears (needless to say that, if I had to choose...), they decided to speak through synthesizers, samplers and electric guitars.

The misterious senders are Maurizio Duka Moroni (besides playing keyboards and composing he has produced and engineered the cd) and Paolo "Dr. Phibes" Caucci (someone may remember him from the historic line-up of Maskim, trash metal band of the first '90's). Duka, amongst other things, works in cinema (as composer of soundtracks and sound editor), so here's explained the atmosphere and style charachterizing the tracks.
Amusing, especially for those who consider electronic music as a fetish, is that in the booklet there's a complete list, for each track, of the instruments that have been used. So, nothing to hide.

Other tracks that impressed me, in a way or another, are "I know it well", "Ma rose, mon étoile", "Last warning" (this almost sounds as written by Martin Gore, of Depeche Mode, so I couldn't help loving it), but, needless to say, my favourite is "The silent sending", the darkest track for sure.

Fine fine fine: fine because you listen to it all in one go and it doesn't bore you, fine because it's full of emotions and different colours, fine because you'd like to make someone else listen to it. The only biting comment I could do is about the beat box... that I never liked too much: a bit too dummy, the more it wants to sound real. It's a pity.

And then "Well, thet's another story...", clearly the less inspired track of all: it has a good start but doesn't ever really start and that keyboard solo makes me think about an Amiga 500 platform videogame. It has his own charm, though, exactly for this reason, so someone is surely going to like it.

Of course this cd is something to enjoy from beginning to the end without distractions; listening to The Silent Senders is not like reading the horoscope while in the subway or the magazine in the dentist's waiting-room, The Silent Senders is like that book that you devour slowly in your armchair, with the right light, it's the last bite of your favourite dish. It's a cd to make a present of, or even better, a cd to leave on somebody's desk to find. You'll see that he will take it, confused, will look around thinking it's a parcel, will open it and smile about the mistake. After which, he will remain glued to the chair.

Here we are, the cd ends and I want to listen to The Silent Sending once again, and I'm going to do it. But first of all I want to get away from the screen and open the house door.

I close it again, disappointed. Carrie-Ann Moss hasn't come.

Aldo Chimenti

This cd is a kaleidoscope of restless flowing sounds and emotions
The Silent Senders project is born from the artistic sodality of Maurizio Duka Moroni (electronics) and Paolo “Dr. Phibes” Caucci (guitars), two musicians from Rome, who’ve been active for years in different plumes.

Their first release as a duo is rich in new hints, between rock and electronic handling, lisergic trip and soundtrack, explosive energy projection and imaginary vision.

This cd is a kaleidoscope of restless flowing sounds and emotions, an epic journey through a narrative scheme, made of instrumental richness and phases of rest, electric dances and winding oneiric mantras.

Thanks to their performance skills the authors work out refined movement strategies to describe what they see through the lenses of their vivid imagination, a way out towards horizons that free us from the world and let us be seized body and soul.

Loris Furlan

A close sequence of visionary and fanciful musical meanders
It’s a technologic dream (or nightmare?) we’re brought through by The Silent Senders, a considerabely experienced duo from Rome, and their homonimous discographic début: a close sequence of visionary and fanciful musical meanders, so unusual in such undergrond rock.

There’s no need to get upset listening (at last, after such dried indie and lo-fi sounds) to such rich surroundings and atmospheres, imaginatevely conceived by Maurizio Duka Moroni’s electronic direction, supported by Polo “Dr. Phibes” Caucci’s guitar firm riff (and similar playing), in his curriculum, between ‘80s and ‘90s, the metal band Maskim.

This time we could speak of the epic space-rock rides of the ‘80s, or better, the german Eloy’s oneiric, progressive surroundings, but it’s likely enough that the ten instrumental tracks (Monica Soldini’s texts in the booklet are just a thematic reference) have grown up in autonomy, inspired by Moroni’s “classic” studies and twenty years’ work and research as sound-mixer.

The rhythm often presses as a surreal and to-come but already present overhanging, an imaginary movie sequence made of ten hypothetical days, occasionally already past as in the final “Well, that’s another story”, where it seems to get wind of Kraftwerk, romantic, decadent flashback of a memorable mitteleuropean soundtrack.

Enrico Cosimi

Enjoy it wearing headphones...
Who sends soundless...a pack sent by who knows who, to nameless addressee.
The sound project The Silent Senders is supported by Maurizio Duka Moroni (electronics), author of the tracks and director of the technical part with ProTools editing, and Paolo Dr, Phibes Caucci (guitars), already marked out as one of the most effective metal guitarist ni the capital.

Ten tracks, but we should better say nine + one, to comply with the concept that connects all the CD; the harmonic thread and building call to mind the best Nine Inch Nails (...what a coincidence: both Reznor and Moroni use preferably ProTools...), and Ultravox with Midge Ure & Co.

Dr. Phibes' rough guitar comes in "The silent sending", marking a sequence of complex sound collages; obscurity and sound aggression are mitigated by a remarkable use of vocoder on the feminine voice in "I know it well". To point out the considerable stylistic range faced - and tamed - in complex tracks as "Ma rose mon étoile" and "Last warning".

It's always very hard to stick labels on music, both for unavoidable personal involving and the bent for simplifying too much what, by choice, wants to be an open matter.

That's why The Silent Senders take advantage to the end of the analogic roughness and sound, of the tridimensional dynamic of sampled sounds, of the metal hyperrealism of the electric guitar and of all a fllod tide of hardly recognizable timbres, took under control with notable mastery.

Exacting listening, surely instructive.
Ah, if you can, enjoy it wearing headphones...

Corrado Azzariti

The cd is made with finicking precision and melodic strokes.
Discographic début for “The Silent Senders”, project by Maurizio Duka Moroni and Paolo Caucci, two musicians which have been active for years in italian music outline.

Moroni has to his credit collaborations as producer and, occasionally, composer for such groups as Shoggot, Mindscape, Desecration, Infamia; Caucci has been the axe man of Maskim and Mindscape.

But the artistic drift of “TSS” is just partly influenced by the heavy rock that marked the
above-mentioned bands, there’s a massive use of technology and computer, here a real music instrument, placed at disposal of the two musicians’ inspiration and visions.

The cd is a concept of ten many-coloured episodes, linked by the research of new sounds and new digital horizons, all made with finicking precision and episodic, acoustic-melodic strokes.
The opener, “The silent sending”, throws us in futuristic and technologic surroundings.

In the following track there’s a hypothetic meeting between Laurie Anderson and The Art of Noise, while complex rhythms introduce “Cairolisergico”, a very interesting experiment transposing Morricone’s melodies in the future.

“Ma rose, mon étoile” presents us with acoustic and melodic moments, followed by the arabian-like “in September” and the varicoloured “Playing an actor’s bad day”.

To mitigate the stormy song writing of Duka, Paolo “Dr. Phibes” Caucci comes in with his riff, flowing in the wonderful solo of “Little lovely achtung”, while apocalyptic visions rage in “Last warning”.

Personally I appreciated the remarkable work of production made by Maurizio Duka Moroni at his studie