Bowery Electric formed in late 1993 and is comprised of Lawrence Chandler and Martha Schwendener.
Lushlife was their third and final album and it was released by Beggars Banquet in early 2000.
Lushlife was nearly two years in the making and took even greater strides forward from their previous releases. It 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 (“All The Presidents Men”, “The Taking Of Pelham 123”). Yet, with all the experiment and variation, Lushlife is actually quite a deliberate and enticing affair for the ear and mind.
“Lushlife, the third outing from NYC soothesters Bowery Electric, is a morphine drip of an album, so clear and precise in its smokey, sexy grooves…Bowery Electric are a distinctly New York after-hours consortium, showing up on your doorstep at 2am looking like a sad, soggy kitten, hungry for milk and more. Yummy.” - The Austin Chronicle
“With impossibly crisp beats and Schwendener’s gauzy tease of a voice (think Georgia Hubley on Prozac), the two create the impression that they can see in the dark, and use their music to assure us that it’s not so bad in the shadows.” - CMJ