Dreamcatcher have yet to grace us with a follow-up to February’s excellent Scream, but they’re keeping fans on their toes with a special OST release for online RPG game Girl Cafe Gun. Tie-ups like this are common in J-pop, but not so much in Korea – at least not to the extent that they receive full, big-budget music videos. And, who better than Dreamcatcher to soundtrack an action game? Their guitar-heavy sound already draws so much from anime influences.
R.o.S.E Blue sees the girls paired with producer ESTi, whose work thus far seems to be exclusively within the videogame soundtrack realm. And though Blue misses the sharp melodic construction of the group’s LEEZ/Ollounder work, ESTi certainly has the Dreamcatcher sound down. The song is dripping with musical drama, from the pulsing guitar-and-strings arrangement of its verses to the addition of a choir as Blue hits its climax. This track would fit perfectly on any Dreamcatcher album, and that kind of continuity is nice to hear.
R.o.S.E Blue’s melody is a bit of a slow-burn. It does a fine job contributing to the general vibe of the track, but overall I find it pretty bland. The song could have done with a real knockout chorus. What we get instead feels oddly forgettable, even as the theatrical instrumentation seeks to convince us otherwise. Still, trussing up even the weakest of hooks with so much pomp and circumstance is going to make any song more palatable. Dreamcatcher know how to bring the drama, and I suppose if you hear R.o.S.E Blue enough times within the RPG game, it’s bound to sink its teeth into you eventually.
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