On their second full-length, San Diego's Chon continue to refine their complex yet highly listenable brand of knotty, mostly instrumental rock. The palm tree and pink tint on the album's cover, not to mention its title, are a good indication of the sound and mood here. It's vibrant, summery, and friendly, sounding like the work of best friends who do everything together, and also happen to be highly skilled musicians. While associated with various post-hardcore scenes, their music is hardly aggressive or confrontational, and seems closer in spirit to prog or jazz. Instead of writing lengthy epics, however, the band keeps its songs brief, concise, and punchy. Homey seems more influenced by the West Coast hip-hop scene than past Chon releases, particularly in the drums and the atmospheric production. Collaborations with artists like Giraffage and ROM emphasize Chon's beat-friendly side, and "Nayhoo" (with guests Masego and Lophiile) is a venture into mellow, romantic hip-hop/R&B. Even on non-collaborative tracks, there are touches such as stuttering drum edits, as well as warm melodies that suggest an affinity for mellow, post-neo-soul hip-hop. With their sophomore album, Chon manage to sound familiar and accessible while remaining completely unique, in addition to expanding their sound.
AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson