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Pharmakon
Devour

Margaret Chardiet drops her fourth LP as Pharmakon (anyone else reading that as ‘farm Akon’? Now there’s a thought…). Devour is the first album Chardiet has recorded live in the studio, and as such there’s a real feeling of spontaneity and immediacy to this tortured set of power electronics. Production from Uniform’s Ben Greenberg only adds to the intensity. You’re looking at the early days of Posh Isolation for Devour’s related records.
  • Vinyl LP (SBR226LPC1)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Pharmakon
Contact

Margaret Chardiet returns to Sacred Bones under her solo extreme noise moniker Pharmakon for the follow up to 2014’s Bestial Burden. Contact follows along Pharmakon’s previous nihilistic qualities thematically, but with an empathetic twist focusing more on the mind than the body, but musically? Harsh cathartic bliss, as ever.

Pharmakon
Bestial Burden

Just a year after the maggot-crawling 'Abandon' was released on Sacred Bones, power electronics musician Pharmakon returns with her second record, 'Bestial Burden', written about the time Margaret Chardiet spent losing one of her organs to major surgery. The record reflects Chardiet's experience of seeing the human body in terms of surgical objects, and in feeling "a widening divide between [the] physical and mental self". Only four minutes longer than 'Abandon', the record continues her trend of making short, punishing works that utilise harsh noise, piercing screams and gruesome samples to confront the listener.