Texas-based Nonviolenze has produced a wonderful way of passing on his message. By using a unique mix of song and art, he manages to say exactly what he’s thinking.
His new album ‘Ghosts of War’, looks deep into the aspects of religion, stereotypes and how Mankind work together in the modern world.
Originally born in India, Nonviolenze is now based in Houston where he combines various art forms. From music and poetry to painting, Shri Baratan (Nonviolenze) is a truly unique act.
He combines a number of genres, using rock, pop, blues and jazz to create his stunning tracks. Without further ado, let’s get into the review.
As the album begins, we’re treated to a soft sound of guitar picking, something that Nonviolenze is well known for. From this track alone, I can see why.
The first track, ‘Queen’, has such a calm and soothing melody. The whole way through, you’re kept in a tranquil state, with a soft voice to perfectly accompany it.
This track has an incredibly large folk vibe to it, making me feel like I’ve been transported to Texas. It’s such a strange thought that a song can make you feel a certain place, but believe me, this does.
‘Tree’, follows a more atmospheric vibe by including the sound of a tree being felled to start it off.
By doing this, it gives the song life, making it more than just instruments and vocals.
Again, the unique finger picking style that is so common in Nonviolenze’s music really holds up the track. If I’m honest, it holds the album as a whole, giving it a really unique stamp.
However, not to be rooted in one spot, he picks up the beat and tempo in the second verse and projects a classic rock vibe. Here, we garner some idea of his talents; there’s no way you can call Nonviolenze a one trick pony.
In ‘Ghosts Of War’, ‘Matrix’ and ‘Electron’, we get this same feel. He mixes his signature guitar plucking with the soft rock tones to create something incredibly individualised.
A particular favourite of mine has to be ‘Van Gogh’ though. This subscribes to a more Blues melody than any of the other songs on the album.
We’re treated to a lovely Blues guitar riff, alongside some really simple, but effective lyrics.
Overall, ‘Ghosts Of War’ is a very unconventional album, pulling aspects from a number of genres to create something you’ve never heard before.
His ability to use music as a vehicle for his thoughts and opinions on the world is great to see. It doesn’t sound like a generic album made simply for profit. This is an album full of personality and meaning, something that isn’t always apparent in modern music.
To get a feel for the album, follow the link below to give the video for ‘Electron‘ a watch.
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