In all its essence, Dobara is an ode to modern heartbreaks. Of course, the notion of a broken heart makes for a theme that is substantially explored time and again in the indie music space. So, of course, it all comes down to the final execution rather than the concept in cases such as these. However, Shashwat Sachdev does build a good lo-fi soundscape perfectly suited for midnight listening sessions.
Added with a few enhanced vocals and harmonies from featured singer Shreya Jain, Dobara dwells on the possibility that one feels hoping for their former partner to return in their life. The hook is simple in its lyrical elements but it instantly helps in setting the mood of the song.
The multi-instrumental production shifts from mellow to playful tones and is comforting for the ears. A specific highlight is the xylophonic beat break after the first chorus as one can faintly hear Sachdev singing ‘dobara’ while the aforementioned Shreya Jains harmonizes the same word.
Having won acclaim with several awards including a National Award, Shaswat Sachdev had proven his mettle when it comes to film scores like the military drama Uri: The Surgical Strike and the romantic comedy Veere De Wedding. With projects such as Dobara, he’s on the right path to carve his own musical niche as a solo producer and singer. In fact, Dobara serves as the first single off his upcoming studio album Sha (titled after his own first name). Given how this self-described bittersweet amalgamation of lo-fi and future lives up to the rest of Shaswat Sachdev’s discography, his future releases off Sha seem to offer a whole lot of promise.
Verdict: A well-produced twist on the familiar heartbreak formula.