It is no secret that I am an über-fanatic of the band 27. They hail from Boston, MA which is by far my favorite city to visit. I have friends there and I try to make it there at least once a year. If you ever find yourself in Boston, make sure to go to The Miracle of Science Café in Cambridge. They have the best food ever!
But I digress. As usual.
My first encounter or rather, acknowledgement of 27 was via another native Boston band, ISIS. When ISIS’ Oceanic album came out, I was blown away by the sheer shift in style but also its intricacy and sonically layered feel. One of the standout tracks on the album is “Weight” for not only the way it builds up, but also the way that Maria Christopher’s (27’s vocalist and guitarist) vocals add a depth to the song. Listed on the album credits are both Maria and Ayal Naor, also in 27, who contributed vocals and guitars to “Weight”, and also “The Beginning and the End” and “Carry”.
So I was in search mode to find out more about these two musicians and how they tied in with ISIS. This all led to their band 27. I believe the first album I picked up of their was the Let The Light In EP released by Hydra Head. It was a great introduction to the band and as an added bonus for me, the track “April” featured ISIS’ Aaron Turner on backing vocals. Unfortunately the EP is the only release from 27 that has not received the vinyl treatment. I am though, trying my damndest to convince Hydra Head to press it.
So far in my journey of listening to 27, I have been lucky enough to have attained all of their releases. In the process, I have also been able to make friends not only with the band, but also with other fans and people involved with their releases.
27‘s music is hard to really categorize. They have a style reminiscent to Portishead but not as electronic-y and also akin to Mazzy Star but not as mellow and subtle. They definitely have the sonic ambience of ISIS but with more of a pop sensibility. On their Facebook page, they list one of their genres as “Dark Pop”…I think that best describes them. It’s up to the listener to put their own interpretation of the music. Can “AWESOME” be a genre category anyways?
So without further a due…and what promises to be a lengthy entry…here is a look at 27’s discography in release order…as best as I know.
Songs From The Edge Of The Wing 12” – Clear. Released by Escape Artist, but you will notice the Relapse logo on the release also who the band were signed with at the time. Unsure of the pressing but I somehow think it’s out 500.