Dhruv Visvanath is best known at creating percussive arithmetic with an acoustic guitar. His music brings together unpredictable time signatures and breathy vocals that culminate in addictive hooks and a wheezy musical chimera.
Carry, Visvanath’s new single is quintessential indie songwriter fare. It runs over with charm, and toes the perfect middle ground between minimal and exuberant. Dhruv is a gentle storm with a guitar alone, walking his listeners through these utterly unique and impossible catchy hooks.
Lyrically and in terms of emotive quality, the song intends to offer comfort. Be it anger, sadness, regret and fear, Dhruv reassures his listeners that they are not isolated when burdened with human baggage. However, instead of offering shallow platitudes, he bothers to acknowledge the bad deals we are dealt, and offers balm with a few minutes of string-laden sound.
Dhruv’s dexterity on the guitar has not gone unnoticed. He has been mentioned on Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30, alongside Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Laura Marling and others. He has collaborated with Vishal Bharadwaj “Sonchiriya” and A.R. Rahman for Netflix’s “Blinded By the Light”.
Yet, his music is built on a disarming simplicity. All the musical aerobics never distract you from the heart of the song, and it’s promise of human connection. Dhruv toes the line between soft and stimulating, and we end up with a song built for day-long replays.
Verdict: Dhruv Visvanath offers inspiration, reassurance and gorgeous guitarwork on his new track. There is hope, comfort and wondrous melody here.