House of the Dragonfly
Zion.T, “Miss Kim”
This is probably one of my most favorite releases recently, and it has truly solidified my love for Zion T. “Miss Kim” is the title track off his new album, Mirror Ball, and has been self-described as “trot-dub.” Now, if you had asked me to describe what I thought trot-dub should sound like, it would most certainly have been nothing like “Miss Kim.” Trot-dub seems like it should be, well, the deep bass with heavy modification of dubstep, overlaid by the excessively emotional campiness of old-school Korean trot. Trot-dub, no? Instead, this seems much more to be a conflation of jazz and blues, with the instrumentals emoting very traditional, strait jazz and Zion.T’s vocals being somewhat bluesy (ok, that can pass as trot… but dub?! Where does the “dub” come in?!). The video is a perfect visual representation of this sound, with the black and white film depicting very classic clothing, cars, and dancing. It’s a complete 180 from Zion.T’s previous crazy style for Babay.
The lyrics, very simple, are an obvious throwback to trot. “Oh, Miss Kim, I’m thinking of you again today, Oh Miss Kim!~ I can’t sleep for thinking of you! Oh Miss Kim!! Rain is falling on the street, Oh Miss Kim, I should write a letter~~” (exaggerated for effect). Zion.T does a good job bringing creativity to a lyrically simple song.