Nonviolenze Shines on New Video “Mirror”

By Deuce

This very day, on the 18th of January, Nonviolenze—a solo singer with an inordinate affinity for the guitar, predominantly of the acoustic variety, that is—unveiled the video for “Mirror”, one of the singles from last Autumn’s Ghost of War LP.

The video, coupled with the lyrics, its sonic sound bed, and a few gripping visuals, isn’t so much of a music video as it is a movie. The track is replete with sound effects like bomb’s dropping or some other sort of explosions, rain inundating the tune for the next 20 seconds or so, and the shattering of the titular object for the fantastic finale.

The scope of the depth of this work isn’t surprising at all, particularly when one considers the lyrical content Nonviolenze—who also doubles as Shri Baratan when he’s outside the vocal booth, the video set, or the performance stage—is kicking. Dude casually references the four devils which, for the uninitiated, are lust, greed, anger, and jealousy/envy.

The “mirror of life neither creates nor does it destroy”, he philosophizes in between high notes. For “seekers on a quest it simply reflects”. Certainly not the superficial fluff of your average pop song, these musings are a heavy nod to the poetic muses that inspired this man on this number.

Moreover, the pace of the tune reflects, as it were, the sense of gravitas characterizing this ode. Bereft of drums, percussion, and bass (although there might be a touch of it, or perhaps that’s just the lows of the guitars eq’d) the cut is slower than almost any ballad. He’s flowing, of course, on a rhythm guitar and a lead, both of which are acoustic and singular in their ability to captivate the spaces in the song which, as the introductory sound bites and concluding ones denote, are abundant.

Nonviolenze wails that pensive poetry at you as the guitars ripple their approval, heightening the emotion, then pauses for plodding, pregnant moments, as the stringed work does the same.

He crunks it up, of course, about midway through taking on a vociferousness of singing paralleled by the increased volume of his musicianship. Still, he can’t get too far away from engendering a thought-provoking song with a meaning that seems to have largely escaped most listeners these days.

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