Pharmakon - Contact
Margaret Chardiet wants you to feel her music deeply. Physicality is paramount when she creates harsh soundscapes as Pharmakon and she’s had no trouble conveying it on record over the last 10 years. At the same time, she struggled to deliver that same aspect during her live performances.
With Contact, she decided to examine trance states; the idea that music and body can come together to achieve something outside of the physical realm - to make contact with a higher force. To that end, both sides ofContact are structured after the trance states: preparation, onset, climax, and resolution. What does that mean on record? An unholy attack on the senses. It’s hard to not actually feel the throb and the assault of “Transmission” when Chardiet careens her voice on top of a vast array of twisting power electronics and icy air stabs. “No Natural Order” feels like the embodiment of hell, making its way up from the underground covered in chains and gnashing its teeth. Chardiet’s chilling and desperate screams forecast the coming and it ain’t pretty.
The Pharmakon project continues to innovate and further establishes the scene she helped start, (the Red Light District collective in the Rockaways), as a powerful force in the modern noise / experimental movement. (Dom)
Check out a track here.