Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, sometimes b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
While I like and appreciate Dreamcatcher’s rock-infused sound, my favorite tracks from the group tend to go a little left-of-center. K-pop thrives on blending different elements together, and their music is at its best when it feels unpredictable. I missed the boat on featuring 2017’s excellent Sleep Walking as a buried treasure, but new album track Silent Night gives me a chance to make up for that oversight.
I really want Dreamcatcher to release a title track that sounds like this. Distorted electronics take the place of guitars, providing a unique soundscape that retains the trademark Dreamcatcher energy but stands apart from most everyone else in the industry. It has an icy, aloof appeal — highlighted by tense strings and shifting tempos. Silent Night uses dynamics to its advantage, surging forward and pulling back in equal measure. This allows the track plenty of time to breathe, and gives each individual segment its own spotlight.
This all culminates in a commanding psytrance climax, which echoes similar 2019 work by acts like Stray Kids and Hyoyeon. If anyone is poised to capitalize on this burgeoning trend, it’s a group like Dreamcatcher. Used sparingly, this instrumental flourish packs a wallop and gives Silent Night the epic conclusion it deserves.
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