Hailing from South Africa, Ruhon du Toit and Deon van der Merwe are two musicians who call themselves Touch of Class. Together they form an incredibly talented duo.
They are known for their deep and powerful cover of ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Simon and Garfunkel. Listening to their version it is easy to forget it is not their original song.
Touch of Class makes the song their own, with the singer’s guttural and mesmerizing voice along with the guitarist’s skillful playing. There is no doubt why they came together to form a duo.
While they retain the sound and feeling of melancholy from the original song, they add their own twist and turns to it. The mixture of an acoustic and electric guitar is wonderful to hear.
Along with their performance are the visuals of a roiling storm and a guitar that is set on fire. What these mean and symbolize are up to interpretation.
It is a cover that is more rocking than the original, and hauntingly beautiful in its own way. The musical duo has certainly done the song justice.
When the song reaches its climax Touch of Class is at its best. The singer’s vocals are top-notch and the guitarist is a master of his craft. There is no doubt that people will be listening to this version again and again.