Margaret Chardiet’s Pharmakon returns with another album at Sacred Bones, titled Bestial Burden and dropping on October 14th.
Again, the album is deep and intimate, coming from Chardiet’s personal experiences with illness and mortality, since it was conceived after a major surgery she recently had.
Chardiet describes the album in her own words: “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.”
Here’s the track Body Betrays Itself off the album, followed by a teaser trailer, directed by Jacqueline Castel.
Pre-order Bestial Burden from Sacred Bones