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    Abandon

    Got Pitchfork Rising and was named one of the best
    artists of 2013 by Spin Magazine.


    Margaret Chardiet was born and raised in New York City She has been making
    power electronics/death industrial music under the name Pharmakon for five
    years. As a founding member of the Red Light District collective in Far Rockaway,
    ny she has been a figurehead in the underground experimental scene since the age
    of Seventeen. She points out that the environment there amongst so many other
    experimental artists (amongst them Yellow Tears & Haflings) inspired her to keep
    making increasingly challenging work. She describes her drive to make noise music
    as something akin to an exorcism where she is able to express, her "deep-seated
    need/drive/urge/possession to reach other people and make them FEEL something
    [specifically] in uncomfortable/confrontational ways." Engineered by Sean Ragon
    of Cult of Youth at his self-built recording studio Heaven Street, Abandon is
    Pharmakon's first proper studio album and also her first widely distributed release.


    Unlike other experimental projects, Pharmakon does not improvise when performing or recording. She is concise and exact; each song/movement is linear with a
    clear trajectory. Perhaps more than any other style of music, noise is a genre almost
    exclusively dominated by male performers. Spin Magazine is apt to point out that
    her, "perfectionism might explain why her recordings are few and far between-
    a rarity in a scene where noise bros want to puke out hour after endless hour of
    stoned basement jams into a limitless stream of limited-edition tapes. Her music
    may be as cuddly as a trepanning drill, but it's also just as precise: She glowers in
    measured silence as often as she shrieks, and every serrated tone cuts straight to the
    bone, a carefully calibrated interplay between frequency and resistance." The songs
    on this album were all written and recorded during a turbulent three month time
    period during which several fundamental life changes forced her to begin living in
    a completely new way and in a new space. She describes the lyrical themes of this
    album as being about, "Loss. Losing everything. Relinquishing control. Complete
    psychic abandon. Blind leaps of faith into the fire, walking out unscathed. Crawling
    out of the pit.

    1. Milkweed/ It Hangs Heavy
    2. Ache
    3. Pitted
    4. Crawling On Bruised Knees
    Pharmakon
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    Bestial Burden

    Four days before New York noise musician Margaret Chardiet was supposed leave for her first European tour as Pharmakon, she had a medical emergency which resulted in a major surgery. Suddenly, instead of getting on a plane, she was bedridden for three weeks, missing an organ.


    "After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin, any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time," Chardiet said. "It all happened so fast and unexpectedly that my mind took a while to catch up to the reality of my recovery. I felt a widening divide between my physical and mental self. It was as though my body had betrayed me, acting as a separate entity from my consciousness. I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self."


    Consumed by these ideas, and unable to leave her bed, Chardiet occupied herself by writing the lyrics and music that would become Bestial Burden, the second Pharmakon LP for Sacred Bones Records. The record is a harrowing collection of deeply personal industrial noise tracks, each one brimming with struggle and weighted with the intensity of Chardiet's internal conflict.

    1. Vacuum
    2. Intent Or Instinct
    3. Body Betrays Itself
    4. Primitive Struggle
    5. Autoimmune
    6. Bestial Burden
    Pharmakon
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