Alone in the City with Dreamcatcher
The dark concept queens are back with another heavy metal influenced bop! Dreamcatcher’s comeback title track “What” switches up the formula from previous release “You and Me, picking up in musical intensity and being visually less dark.
Title Track: “What”
Previously, Dreamcatcher had experimented with going a little less dark, but it became clear that their signature style is their point of charm and popularity. “What” stays true to this persona, with even more heavy metal influence in the track itself. The intense guitar riffs begin immediately, and it complements Dami’s intense rap verse unbelievably well. For most of the track, however, the true vocal prowess of the group shines through.
The visual elements of the music video are more reminiscent of debut track “Chase Me,” with dark undertones present throughout the whole video. In fact, the only scenes that are full of light are the choreography scene cuts, which are in a bright, white room. To contrast the overall darkness, the outfits are very bright and individual—a direct opposite of the uniform black leather outfits from “You and Me.” Overall, “What” is exactly the kind of title track we’d expect from Dreamcatcher.
Alone in the City features five tracks, although it's considered more like four when the first is an instrumental intro. The intro builds in intensity and nicely transitions directly to “What.” “Wonderland” switches up the feel of the album, presenting a soft and sexy R&B track that’s totally unexpected, yet awesome. The song is followed by “Trap,” which has more hip-hop influence in the melody than previous Dreamcatcher tracks. The album concludes with reggae-influenced “July 7th,” rounding out an album filled with completely different musical genres.
Alone in the City is nothing that we’d expect from the group, but that’s what makes it so great. Dreamcatcher proves their expertise in the dark and metal influenced realm, but we rarely, if ever, hear them experiment with other genres, even in their B-sides. It’s true that the group maintains recognition for their signature concept, so it’s nice to see them maintain that in the title but venture in other directions musically on the album. The girls prove their musical talents with this musically diverse album—a treat for all music fans!