Dreamcatcher have returned with the final installment of their Dystopia trilogy. This series kicked off with panache last year as title track Scream twisted their usual rock sound into something more theatrical. In contrast, new single Odd Eye is pretty much what you’d expect to hear from Dreamcatcher’s music – composed by their usual collaborators Leez and Ollounder. It’s solid as a rock, though I long for more musical evolution.

This is probably counter to what many hardcore Dreamcatcher fans would say, but I would love to hear the group pull their sound in an unexpected direction. Some songs on the new album flirt with techno, including the excellent instrumental intro that precedes Odd Eye. Leez and Ollounder have dabbled in these textures for years now, but I’m waiting for them to really go for it on a title track or – better yet – across an entire album. Instead, Odd Eye is another strong rock-driven track in Dreamcatcher’s imposing arsenal. In short, the girls continue to do what they do best.

Odd Eye opens with an atmospheric verse before the guitars come in for the chorus. The pre-chorus has a breathless build, as a steady kick drives us into the bombastic centerpiece. The guitar here is sinister and gritty, even if it’s dulled a bit by trap percussion. The melody echoes the lurching nature of the instrumental, and opens up for a satisfying climax at the end of each chorus. I could do without the second verse rap break, but by and large Odd Eye maintains its energy and momentum throughout. It’s another great Dreamcatcher single, but there are more interesting tracks to be found on the album.

 Hooks 8
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8

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