This is my first review of the year for a new group. And I feel like there is no better way to start off, but with Dream Catcher. The seven-member girl group is currently under Happy Face Entertainment, which also houses Dal Shabet. The lineup for the group consists of JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, Dami, Handong and Gahyeon. Dreamcatcher has an interesting history, as they aren’t actually a brand new band. They were previously known as Minx (also under Happy Face Ent and were a five-member girl group), who made their debut in 2014. At the end of 2016, it was announced that the Minx would re-debut, with the addition of two new members, into Dreamcatcher.
And Dreamcatcher has delivered with an amazing song. Chase Me is a dance track with a rock-inspired instrumental. The song sounds a lot like a typical J-POP song or an anime opening. The song starts off with a prominent and mysterious sounding piano playing the in the background. The song starts to pick up with the use of the electrical guitar during pre-chorus and throughout the chorus. The song slows back down to the piano, which sounds creepy and then later picks up again. This change in tempo and style seems almost like an adrenaline rush. Every time I listen to their song, I can feel my heart racing with the tempo of the song. Personally, for this reason, I kept on returning to the song to re-experience that feeling, but now, I am just back because the chorus packs a punch and is so catchy. Their vocals and rapping were quite good and matching with the song. It’s a powerful track and if you like your Japanese pop or anime openings, this song is the one go to.
It has been a while since I last saw a KPOP video produced for a girl group that delves into the horror genre. The girls act as ghosts in the video, while the lead male actor goes into the haunted hotel to investigate these ghosts. But there seems to be more to the typical ghost investigation because at the end of the video we see him smiling at pictures of the girls and then we get the ‘to be continued’ notice. So I am dying to find out what this all means and what his connection with the girls are (and also what other songs/ideas to continue the horror theme). Talking about the horror in the video, it is done right. I love how the video was edited to fit the fast and slow parts of the song. During the chorus, the editing was a lot choppier and that horror aspect came through really well. During the verses, the scenes were a lot slower and showed flashbacks of when the girls were innocent before they reached their demise and haunted the hotel. The ghostly moves that were made were cliché and don’t necessary scare you. But they do give off a tense atmosphere in the video. However, regardless, I did enjoy the video as it was very matching to the song.
The dance was something that fell a little short, compared to the rest of the debut. While the song and video seem to be memorable (let me get back to you in a few months), the dance doesn’t have that mutual feeling.
Song – 10/10
Music Video – 9/10
Dance – 5/10
Overall Rating – 8.5/10