My exceedingly dumb ass thought it was a good idea to eat something when I listened to this for the first time. Then "Primitive Struggle" comes on...I lost my appetite but I can't say that I regretted it...
Very evocative, very visceral shit, I love it. That closing track in particular had me hiccupping from the distress but it was moving all the same.
Favorite track: Bestial Burden.
Beastial Burden is one of the most disturbing things I have ever listened to. Distorted screaming and laughing over incredible violent harsh noise lashes and drones. A legitimately terrifying listen, possibly the scariest Pharmakon album.
Favorite track: Autoimmune.
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.