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Dhruv “Blur” Song Review

Dhruv must be on whatever Harry Styles has been lately.

Dhruv’s newest single “Blur” which was released, June 22, came totally out of the left field. 

It’s more of a 70s and 80s-inspired pop track compared to Dhruv’s traditional R&B style. Not that I’m complaining.

I know I say this almost every other post, but I genuinely think this song could be the song of the summer– no– easily the song of the year.

Typically, Dhruv writes songs that hit you right in the feels and are more on the wistful unrequited love side. However, I think Dhruv has finally done it, he has made a song that makes you want to start dancing.

Right from the intro of the synthesizer, it hooks you in.

It’s always refreshing to see an artist step outside of their comfort zone and Dhruv has done just that with “Blur.” 

I had mentioned in Dhruv’s Artist Spotlight article I wrote a while back, that he grew up listening to Western Pop artists like The Beatles, so it’s really cool to see him draw inspiration from the music that inspired him to become an artist in the first place. 

He still stays true to hits roots by writing a classic love song but adds a little twist to it. It focuses on the high of crushing on someone new and almost how surreal and dream-like it begins to feel. He captures that feeling to a tee.

It’s fast-paced and the lyrics are quite intense. 

His vocals hit high notes that are so satisfying all throughout the song. Especially in the chorus when he sings “Don’t stop with your beautiful mess| Spin my world on your axis | Hold onto the madness | When does dreaming end and waking begin? | It’s all in a blur again | Soft shock, put a spring in my step | We touch and it’s static | This love’s cinematic | Where does dreaming end and waking begin? | It’s all in a blur again.”

The chorus is longer than in most songs but it’s one of the best choruses I have heard this year.

In an odd way, some parts of the song almost sound like the same melody from “Don’t You Forget About Me” but in a slighter higher pitch. That’s what really evokes that retro aspect to it.

Towards the end of the song, the last verse brings back his traditional music style in the lyrics “Sense scattered | Nothing matters | Don’t wake me up | If it shatters | Don’t wake me up | Don’t wake me up”

The background music for that verse sounds interstellar and adds a unique palate cleanser so-to-speak before hitting you with the chorus you grow accustomed to.

The more I listen to the song the more I’m getting obsessed with it.

I’m not sure how much longer I can go on without recommending a listen to this song. It might be something out of your comfort zone to listen to but I promise it won’t disappoint. 

If Dhruv can step out of his comfort zone and create a masterpiece like this, I’m sure you’ll be able to listen to a masterpiece as well.

By Mitali Joshi

A Senior at NCSU who is an enthusiastic consumer of music and loves writing about it.