Zion.T - Hello Tutorial (feat. Seulgi)
Zion.T is a solo artist under The Black Label, a subsidiary of YG Entertainment. I’ve never gotten the chance to review him yet, but damn was I excited to hear about this sudden announcement that he was making a comeback this year. He has long since been one of my absolute favorite solo artists, if not overall artists in general, and I’ve listened to his music for so long now that I can’t imagine not having his presence and influence both on me personally and on the overall scene in general. I didn’t have a chance to check out any teasers, but I did hear that Seulgi was going to be involved, so it only furthered my enthusiasm.
“Hello Tutorial” has the classic Zion.T vibes written all over it. The finger snaps in tandem with those brief synth pieces always lay a foundation for his unique vocals to take front stage. The inclusion of Seulgi was already something I was looking forward to - Red Velvet is my bias group after all. To have both of their lovely voices working together? It sounded like it would be amazing. And it was.
I’ll admit that I wish there was a bit more of their vocals harmonizing and blending in this track, but I also dug that the song was sort of split in half. One side being Zion.T’s and the other being Seulgi. It felt more like a narrative story being told in the form of song, rather than a song that had the two artists collaborating. Seulgi’s tone was a lot lighter and fluffier than I was expecting, though she obviously sounded great. It makes sense in terms of matching the vocals to the rest of the song, though.
If I had to latch a complaint onto this, it’d be that the song overall felt somewhat same-y throughout. It didn’t build to anything and it didn’t really amount to anything. Whereas a lot of his past work have had interesting progressions, I think this is this track follows on a more basic level. That’s definitely not bad, though - especially because that chorus has so much extra flavor and groove baked into it. That contrast helps to add onto that greatness, so it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been.
All in all, this song was another great track from Zion.T. It’s not my favorite of his, but I love the general vibes and how he’s managed to keep his staple style throughout his career.
This video has to be one of the absolute cutest ones that I’ve seen all year. I absolute adore the idea of Seulgi and Zion.T being like the inner minds of these two children, and how they have to work so hard to try and get everything functioning because the two of them are entirely inept at the simplest of things regarding starting a relationship. It was so charming and heartwarming, and I don’t think I could have predicted it whatsoever.
There’s a great creative use of small ideas, a lot of which made use of the budget in a way that felt charismatic and delightful in a very refreshing way. Even though they were simple, the sets were made interesting because of how they would relate to the ongoing interactions between the two children, and while the video wasn’t necessarily gripping and suspenseful to the point where you didn’t want to look away and miss something, it was fun and sweet without having to be provocative. I really loved watching this video and I think it’s something I’ll probably watch again in the future when I’m in the mood for something cute.
Zion.T continues his reign as one of the most unique solo artists out there in the K-pop mainstream with this track. Everything from the choice to include Seulgi right down to the impossibly lovable music video sets this song up to be a solid hit on the charts, and I would absolutely kill to see this performed live at any of the end of the year music award shows. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and give this comeback a go.