Music has always been a part of Dhruv Visvanath’s life, albeit in many iterations. He began playing piano at age seven and then moved on to play the acoustic guitar and then to the electric. In retrospect, his heavy metal phase may come as a surprise in light of the music he makes now, but every experience has come together to inform the unique sound on his upcoming album, The Lost Cause.
Visvanath has been compared to Bon Iver and indeed, his music shares the delicate and lush calm of the American indie band — though The Lost Cause brings the world to the forefront. Visvanath has spent time in Hong Kong, England, and Zambia, as well as his home country of India. Like his musical influences, this variation serves to expand his musical prowess.
“Wild” is acoustic and low-key until the end, when it opens with strings and a beat that will steal your breath. The rhythm is always there, keeping a steady pace like a heartbeat. The layering of vocals takes on a mystical edge that only grows as the volume rises. The accompanying clip is just as magic: sentient and sweet mops roam the streets, get their hair cut, and live their lives as, well, people. When they discover the natural world outside the city, these lonely creatures experience joy and camaraderie. You never thought you would identify so intensely with a mop, and you probably won’t look at them the same way ever again.