Nonviolenze is a promising acoustic/soft rock music artist I discovered a week ago with this heavenly song, Mirror, off from his first long-play album, Ghosts of War, which was released in 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the artist before, Nonviolenze has started their careers with a single called; Obama Thanks for Coming in 2013. Since then, the artist released nine more singles, India (2014), Gray (2014), Stop Talking (2015), Girl in Rags (2015), Return of the Queen (feat. Dev K) (2016), I Welcome the Wounded (2017), Is Hitler Dead?, Pt.1 (2017), Ghosts of War (2020), Electron (2020), and a long-play album, Ghosts of War (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
This was the first time I heard of Nonviolenze, and I was quite impressed by his approach in general. Mirror is a dramatic story with a heavenly acoustic guitar sound all along the way, immediately pulling the listener into its moody and sorrowful world. This is a somber story, and the message is quite clear. I personally love listening to easy-listening acoustic shoegaze music all the time, and I can easily say that Nonviolenze has his unique style, which is admirable. The song is all about his musical character, his only vocals, and one mighty guitar filling the hall and silences everything else for about five minutes.
The story begins with a slow instrumental part, an introduction that creates excitement for the anticipated. It is a progressive composition to me, not only the beginning but the entire design. The amount of emotion Mirror produces is quite irresistible, can shake every single beating heart out there while listened with a loud volume just like I do. As you might also remember, I am a big fan of reverb in music and Mirror was exactly what I look for. Nonviolenze kept his instrumentation and composition in a very delicate corridor where it’s not standard nor too progressive at the same time; reminded me of some remarkable clean/acoustic Opeth songs.