Abandon 8/10 @ Pitchfork

Chardiet’s work as Pharmakon spills all its guts out onto the floor and leaves them hanging for close inspection, but this isn’t entirely a return to external outpouring. As noted in the aforementioned interview, there are times in the Pharmakon live show where she’s “disappearing into her own head.” Those moments are apparent here, too, making it feel like Chardiet oscillates between being lost to the world and thoroughly bruised by it. Getting forcibly pinned down in her personal cycle of attack and retreat is a dark, visceral, utterly compelling thrill.