Everyone that knows me knows that the Nor’easters from Northeastern University hold a special place in my heart and everyone who knows or has seen the Nor’easters perform probably knows why. As the reigning ICCA champions, their talent and drive cannot be contested and, on a personal level, you’d be lucky to ever meet a kinder, more humble group of people especially in the face of all their accomplishments of the past year.
This past year was the big one for the Nor’easters. They began with a big win at SoJam and went on to make their first ever appearance at ICCA Finals where they took home the crown and awards for Beejul Khatri’s outstanding beat boxing at Finals, as well as Shams Ahmed’s groundbreaking arranging and Ty Myers’ emotive choreography in prior rounds. In my opinion, the Nor’easters have some of the best arrangements of any a cappella group performing today and they execute them with a unique combination professionalism and powerful, raw emotion that leaves everyone in the audience in awe.
Naturally, after seeing them perform time after time and always being so impressed, I was left wondering how well the music would translate when recorded. I was worried that some of the signature rawness would be lost in the studio and therefore I was very excited but somewhat nervous for my favorite group when I received my copy of their latest album, Equilibrium.