Beguiling K-pop group Dreamcatcher returned on Wednesday with their fourth EP The End of Nightmare. It is fronted by the single “Piri.”
A song dominated by a sleek flute sound and the group’s characteristic heavy rock instrumentals, “Piri,” the Korean word for “pipe,” is powerful in its fierce vocal display from the act. With boisterous percussion and sweeping synths, plus heavy-handed raps countered by soft renditions of the titular phrase “blow the pipe” and chanting “oh-ohs,” the song is a charismatic dance track that furthers Dreamcatcher’s distinct sonic identity.
“Piri” was released through a music video that features the members performing powerful choreography in elegant red and black and, later, soft pink uniform-inspired costuming. The dance scenes are interspersed with ones featuring the members facing, and running away from, a variety of nightmarish scenes.
Throughout their career, Dreamcatcher has regularly evoked horror and magical elements in their music videos.
The music video also begins with an opener that features a bleeding ram’s horn. Known as a shofar in Hebrew and used in Judaism for a variety of reasons throughout history, it is most prominently utilized in the modern era during the Jewish High Holiday season. It is blown in part to symbolically act as a wakeup call or alarm of sorts to make people reflect on their sins before facing spiritual judgment, and is likely shown in allusion to the EP’s title of waking up from a nightmare.
Dreamcatcher’s The End of Nightmare appears to symbolically close a period of the group’s career that began with the release of their Nightmare single album in 2017. Since then, the seven-member act has increasingly gained traction among American K-pop fans. They landed their first album, Prequel, at No. 5 on the World Albums chart in 2017 before last year’s Nightmare: Escape the Era and Alone in the City each peaked at No. 7 on the same chart.
Watch the music video for Dreamcatcher’s “Piri” here: