Bowery Electric ‎– Beat

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Beat 7:16
Empty Words 3:45
Without Stopping 5:13
Under The Sun 3:32
Fear Of Flying 5:39
Looped 2:39
Black Light 6:53
Inside Out 7:19
Coming Down 4:38
Postscript 16:41
Low Density (unlisted) 7:16

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KRANK 014 Bowery Electric Beat(CD, Album) Kranky KRANK 014 US 1996 Sell This Version
BBQLP 188 Bowery Electric Beat(2xLP, Album) Beggars Banquet BBQLP 188 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BBQCD 188 Bowery Electric Beat(CD, Album) Beggars Banquet BBQCD 188 UK 1997 Sell This Version
KRANK 014 Bowery Electric Beat(2xLP, RE, Gat) Kranky KRANK 014 US 2016 Sell This Version

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Fhudson

Fhudson

June 27, 2017
referencing Beat, 2xLP, Album, BBQLP 188
Available over at Kranky's Bandcamp page: non-US fans will still pay a lot on postage, but it's significantly cheaper than feeding the sharks on this page.
rockpunkernickel

rockpunkernickel

December 9, 2016
referencing Beat, 2xLP, RE, Gat, KRANK 014
My copy has a few minor warps, seemingly typical with US pressings of late, but fortunately doesn't effect listening quality, as it sounds tremendous... dead quiet, deep, rich, dynamic full sound not possible in any other format... no credits or info on source material or method of transfer, but whatever they (Kranky) did, it was (sounds) first rate.
punkmikil

punkmikil

December 5, 2016
referencing Beat, 2xLP, RE, Gat, KRANK 014
Curious to know how the repress is, have an OG press.
Ambient-forest-owls

Ambient-forest-owls

January 19, 2016
referencing Beat, CD, Album, BBQCD 188

Postscript is most definitely outstanding track, for any devoted Ambient fan like myself shouldn't disappoint, reminiscent of MLO's 'Io' 'In Search For Lost Times '
dghkfhldfdhlfa

dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Beat, CD, Album, BBQCD 188
this is a nice, floaty little record occupying a crossover space between shoegaze, space rock, trip-hop and ambient music. the picture on the front is suggestive: this record works best when sitting on a long, scenic bus ride, the kind that you want to stretch out so as to really enjoy the opportunity to think. with all of our little gadgets nowadays, we're increasingly losing out on these quiet moments of reflection and choosing, instead, to occupy our time playing tetris or, worse, working. this, here, fights against that mindset by suggesting that sometimes it's best to just relax and reflect.

however, the electronic side of the record is also fairly danceable; the problem is that it's danceable in a dreary, cerebral kind of way. if your local library were to put on a rave, they would draw heavily from this record. of course, people that hang out in libraries aren't usually dancing types. so, there's a contradiction within the style presented - it appeals directly to two nearly mutually exclusive demographics, which nearly negates the appeal it has to either one.

the space-rock side makes it a good stoner record and the ambient side makes it work from a reading/studying perspective.

overall, it's a good discount bin pick up if you like any of the aforementioned styles but, despite it's unique fusion of influences, which is enough to earn it the grade of "strong effort", it's just not strong enough of an effort to warrant much more discussion than this. every bass part on the record is steadily downstroke at 4/4, the guitars are all reverbed out to the point that they're indistinguishable from the synths, the vocals never get over the whisper point and the drum parts could be all played by anybody with a month's worth of lessons, or even with a background in some other instrument. this simplicity is certainly soothing in small amounts and in specific circumstances but it gets a little bit boring by the time the record nears it's ending point.

oh.....and everybody seems to think that it's really important to point out that lawrence chandler once studied with lamonte young. i suspect that's likely at his insistence, but i would absolutely agree that there is a loose connection between the minimalist school and the primarily youth-driven american ambient movement that floated in and out of existence during the 1990s. bowery electric were in some ways central to this, so i guess if you missed that the first time you should hit wiki and catch up.
darkwave

darkwave

August 29, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Beat, CD, Album, KRANK 014

Before there was Morr Music and other labels that popularized the very willing combination of shoegaze/dreampop and ambient electronica in the very late 90s and early 2000s (perhaps culminating in the release of the Slowdive cover/tribute album "Blue Skied An' Clear"), there was this album. The perfect blend of soaring, fuzzed out guitars, ambient synth work, and beats, this is clearly the pinnacle of Bowery Electric's catalog.
zeroplate

zeroplate

September 15, 2001
edited over 16 years ago
referencing Beat, CD, Album, KRANK 014

How can you not have this album yet? Though their self-titled debut was more organic, it was a thinner and less enveloping than Beat. The recent follow up album took the band in the opposite (wrong) direction, as the drone-rockers suddenly felt that they were hip hop producers. Nevertheless, this record is utterly, unbelievably good.