Written By: Kayleigh King
Originality: (4.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (3.5 / 5) Lyrics: (4.0 / 5) Production: (3.5 / 5) Average: (3.8 / 5)
I wholeheartedly believe that Deaf Chonky symbolize a type of music and performer that the music industry needs more of. Deaf Chonky are a a duo from Israel with an electronic sound, and Silence is Violence is their latest offering. The tracks are all of a good quality, but I will admit that this sound isn’t really in my wheelhouse. There are six tracks in all and a few are only just over a minute in length which can feel a little disconcerting when you are listening.
The solid vocals are performed with a gravitas and with a super strong presence that I really enjoyed. ‘Refugees’ is the first track that clocks in at 21 seconds. It is a punchy little message that is really relevant right now and I am glad that it was included, but could have been longer.
I really do wish that the album/EP was longer as I feel like I need to hear more from them. I didn’t feel like there was a unifying theme or message that flowed between the tracks, yet somehow they managed to create little individual pieces of melodic audio art. That being said I feel like this album is more of a collection of pieces which I think is the actual point, and is something I can get behind.
Deaf Chonky is obviously made up of talented individuals. The instrumentals are incredibly well layered and wonderfully performed to create a folky electronic hybrid that utilises some less popular instruments but showcases them well. One of my most frequent laments is that the music industry as a whole is filled with artists that are very similar. I adore authentic uniqueness and Deaf Chonky has it in spades.
Listening to the album, it was difficult to comprehend that the sound was created by only two performers. While this could be seen as a weakness, I believe this helps and not hinders. It seems like Tami and Adi bounce off each other, pushing themselves to further their sound and their art. The depth of their music is incredible and much more authentic then what is on offer from many artists.
I would love to see Deaf Chonky perform live, as their passion and spirit shines through their music and I can’t see this being anything less then an electric experience. Silence is Violence is available now.