Written by Lauren Rosier
Nonviolenze is the solo music moniker of Shri Baratan. Born in India, but now based in Austin, TX, Baratan is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who takes influences from Pink Floyd, John McLaughlin, Jethro Tull, Yes, Al Jarreau, Joni Mitchell, and other artists of eastern classical music.
Today we take a look at his recent record, Mirror. Self-reflection has been one of the most important emotional journeys people have been on this past year during the pandemic and Baratan explores humanity’s imperfections throughout the album.
The record is a set of nine haunting melodies that intend to help journey the listeners into new psychological frontiers. The album opens with the track “Queen,” a melodic, folk track that immediately introduces the listener to the rhythms and fingerpicking that shine throughout the album.
The album is authentic, with the guitar work blending beautiful eastern organic acoustics with vivid electric tones. On the opening of “Tree,” you can hear the roots of a tree coming up, and then the song transitions into a beautiful folk guitar number.
“Ghosts of War” opens with the sounds of gunshots and sounds of war. It’s a sad, yet real track that reminds the listener of the reality of war.
His new music video for “Mirror,” is taken from his recently released, ambitious record, Ghosts Of War. On his single, “Mirror,” he suggests to the listener to take a look in the mirror and think about how their emotions have affected positively and negatively affected them in difficult times.
Other stand-out tracks include “Matrix” and “Electron.”
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