Ever since their debut, Dreamcatcher has gained attention from their dark, horror-esque image and rock-influenced sound; landing on the Seoulbeats mid-year rankings for one of the best debuts of 2017. As such, their first mini, entitled Prequel, had high expectations. And, honestly, it’s hard to say if those expectations are met.
Dreamcatcher certainly gets marks for venturing outside of the designated safe zones of the K-pop landscape. In a musical world full of synth-pop, electropop, house, and hip-hop, their J-rock-inspired music is a breath of fresh air. And that’s coming from someone who likes the current landscape. But it’s easy to be fresh and out there for one song; an album even just a mini album requires more effort; which is where Prequel starts to run into trouble.