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August 2023

On the 11th of September, Kranky will be issuing the eponymous debut LP on vinyl for the first time since its original release. It will include "Deep Sky Objects," originally omitted on the single LP edition along with the four songs from the debut EP released in 1994 on Bowery Electric's on Hi-Fidelity label. CD edition also contains the additional four songs. Orders can be taken here.


Beggars Arkive has released a 20th Anniversary Edition of Bowery Electric's classic Lushlife album mastered for vinyl by John Davis (Lana Del Rey, Massive Attack) at Metropolis.

Originally released in early 2000 by Beggars Banquet, Lushlife peaked at No. 14 on the CMJ Top 200 chart and No. 11 on the Core Radio chart. Nearly two years in the making, Lushlife, in what would become the band's final album, took even greater strides forward from previous releases. The album teems with atomized sounds, each one opening a portal in the mix, importing a haze of space and history, evoking the distant buzz of the city beyond the studio. Throughout, gilded strings build, sway and exhale, plugging the music into the sumptuous melancholy of Philly soul, the emotive Mancini-inspired arrangements of Gaye and Mayfield and the edgy soundtrack scores of David Shire. Yet with all the experiment and variation, Lushlife is actually quite a deliberate and enticing affair for the ear and mind.

Lawrence Chandler and Martha Schwendener met while working at Andy Warhol's Interview magazine and formed Bowery Electric in late 1993. The band earned critical acclaim for experimentation across genres, mixing elements of ambient, drone, electronic, experimental, IDM, minimal and rock music with '70s soul soundtracks, disco, drum and bass, dub and hip hop. Their self-titled debut was named by Pitchfork as one of the best shoegaze albums of all time. Their second album Beat was praised by The Wire as "genre-defining". On Lushlife the touchstone is trip-hop - but set in Brooklyn and through the Bowery Electric filter. The beats are lithe, crisp and deep and lines are perpetually blurred between samples (of which there are more than 75) and live instruments.

Following the Lushlife tour in 2000 the band went on hiatus. Chandler studied composition privately with La Monte Young and Pauline Oliveros and at The Juilliard School and Goldsmiths College and worked for Philip Glass. He returned in 2009 with "Everybody Here Is Fine" commissioned for Make Music New York. Recent works include "Music for Rock Ensemble" commissioned for 50 Years of Minimalism and The Tuning of the World, a 24-hour sustained tone composition. His current band is London-based alternative / electronic duo Happy Families.

Schwendener released the solo electronica album Sola in 2003 on Instinct Records and is now a highly regarded art critic on staff at the New York Times. She is also a visiting professor at New York University and a critic in photography at the Yale University School of Art.

On November 11, 2016, Kranky issued a 2xLP edition of Beat 20 years to the day after its original release.

Bowery Electric on the web...

Bowery Electric’s Lushlife Turns 20, Gets Reissued | Opus
January 1, 2019

Kranky to reissue Bowery Electric's "Beat" on vinyl | Music News | Tiny Mix Tapes
November 1, 2016

Windy & Carl / Bowery Electric / Experimental Audio Research live 1996
April 2, 2016

These awesome Bowery Electric tracks from the '90s are the only sort-of-danceable shoegaze you need today | Blogs
March 16, 2015

Bowery Electric rewired shoegaze to trip-hop to create a huge '90s sound · Hear This · The A.V. Club
May 17, 2014

Lost Classics: Bowery Electric "Beat" - Magnet
March 8, 2009

Bowery Electric Album Reviews | Allmusic

Review: Bowrey Electric Lushlife | The Austin Chronicle
March 17, 2000

Bowrey Electric Lushlife | Exclaim!
Feb 1, 2000

Peel Session by Bowery Electric
August 6, 1997

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