Bestial Burden by Pharmakon on Apple Music

7 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The barely controlled cacophony of Bestial Burden offers a ritual of suffering and catharsis, rendered in raw screams, brutal beats, and ear-grinding industrial noise. Pharmakon (the New York–based artist Margaret Chardiet) uses her own recent near-fatal illness as a departure point to explore the mortality of the flesh in pain-wracked pieces like “Vacuum,” “Body Betrays Itself,” and “Autoimmune.” Especially harrowing is “Primitive Struggle,” a rumbling track punctuated by gasps, coughs, and retching. A nightmarish rendition of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang” brings this uncompromising work to a ghoulish yet oddly bracing climax.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The barely controlled cacophony of Bestial Burden offers a ritual of suffering and catharsis, rendered in raw screams, brutal beats, and ear-grinding industrial noise. Pharmakon (the New York–based artist Margaret Chardiet) uses her own recent near-fatal illness as a departure point to explore the mortality of the flesh in pain-wracked pieces like “Vacuum,” “Body Betrays Itself,” and “Autoimmune.” Especially harrowing is “Primitive Struggle,” a rumbling track punctuated by gasps, coughs, and retching. A nightmarish rendition of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang” brings this uncompromising work to a ghoulish yet oddly bracing climax.

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About Pharmakon

A grimy excursion into the worlds of noise/power electronics/death industrial, Pharmakon is the project of New York-based performer Margaret Chardiet. Mixing slow, churning beats with abrasive blasts of synthesizers and her own anguished screams, the project blends noise's confrontational qualities without completely abandoning musicality. This gives Pharmakon a sound that, while harsh and unsettling, beckons the listener in with its hypnotic rhythms. Though Chardiet had previously released a number of CD-R and cassette recordings, the first proper Pharmakon release, Abandon, arrived in 2013 through Sacred Bones. However, before Chardiet could embark on her first European tour, she was hospitalized, requiring emergency surgery. During that time, the noise architect turned her attention inward, writing about the betrayal she felt with her own body to create what would become her second album for Sacred Bones, Bestial Burden, which arrived in 2014. After a dedicated look into the limits of physicality, Chardiet turned her attention toward the mind on her 2017 album, Contact. The record was designed to induce the listener into a trance-like state akin to Chardiet's live performances. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY

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