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.

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Devour by Pharmakon
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8/10 Will 27 August 2019

Pharmakon's new album 'Devour' is a slap in the face, a wheatgrass smoothie, a brisk walk, a cold shower, a raw egg tipped down the gullet; it is in short, good for you. 'Devour' reset something in me that I didn't know needed resetting. When the first cavernous bass stabs of 'Homeostasis' kicked into my cochlea I felt revived. This feeling continued even after I finished the album. In the same way that a bout of vigorous exercise will leave you with a combination of aching limbs and a general feeling of wellbeing, 'Devour' will leave eardrums ringing and your mind cleansed. 

'Devour' will have the same effect on you that Lou Reed's 'Metal Machine Music' does. Beyond the initial listen-through, it's something I'd only recommend in short blasts. The waves of distorted bass on 'Spit It Out' and wild tremolo of 'Deprivation' aren't suited to lengthy sessions. It's not that the music will lose potency through overuse, but for true restorative power it must be used in small doses.

Pharmakon has made a glimpse of the sublime, a reminder that too much pop music is bad for you, an aide-memoir that even on the hottest day sallow individuals are making power electronics that whinny, roar, and squeal. Get ready for winter and get inside!



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