Margaret Chardiet, aka Pharmakon, will release a new LP this year to follow-up last year’s Abandon. It’s called Bestial Burden, and it’s out October 14 via Sacred Bones. Here’s the trailer directed by Jacqueline Castel:
Bestial Burden was written while Chardiet was recovering from major surgery – the reason why she was forced to cancel Amplifest 2013. It was recorded with Sean Ragon, who she worked with on Abandon, at Heaven Street in Brooklyn. In a press release, Chardiet described how her hospital stay inspired the album:
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. 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.
Pharmakon will play Amplifest on October 4th!