Between Korea and Japan, Dreamcatcher have been quite active these past few months. For each of their most recent promotional periods, they’ve released both a K-pop and J-pop single within mere weeks of each other. Their Korean work has been more willing to experiment, which resulted in the brilliant Scream last month. Japanese tracks like Endless Night are more straightforward, playing to the group’s strengths and the musical sensibilities of their target market.
Endless Night is about as straightforward rock as Dreamcatcher get, putting them in direct competition with any number of J-pop groups who work within this same style. This makes the track feel less unique, even if it’s solid enough on its own. The instrumental is especially pummeling, and wastes no time making itself known. Endless Night opens with a bombastic blend of hard-hitting percussion and buzzsaw guitar. As fun as this is, I’m more partial to the production on the chorus, which ups the tempo to electrifying effect. This approach is revisited during the song’s bridge, which offers an ascending maelstrom of rock fury.
Melodically, Endless Night feels familiar and satisfying. Apart from spikes of high notes during the chorus, the track doesn’t break many rules. Its structure takes advantage of both the vocalists and rappers without steering either in new directions. This makes the whole package go down easy, but leaves me pining for the exciting ambition of Scream. For those who prefer Dreamcatcher when they go full-on rock, Endless Night is your track. For me, it’s an enjoyable – if not essential – addition to their discography.
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