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Pharmakon – Abandon


In a year that has seen albums from numerous noise luminaries, including Wolf Eyes and Hair Police, as much, if not more buzz has surrounded the debut album by 23-year old native Margaret Chardiet. Abandon, out now on Sacred Bones Records, following a handful of releases over the last six years on such labels as BloodLust! and Phage Tapes is Chardiet’s first widely available release. The album covers a lot of ground over the course of its four tracks, utilizing elements of noise, industrial, and ambient. Abandon never really delves into power electronics, but resides primarily in the realm of death industrial. The clamorous industrial rhythms sound influenced by Filth-era Swans, with whom she played several dates with on her tour this summer. The track Ache reminds me of a more rhythmic version of the Bastard Noise track Tyranny Beyond Earth (Epilogue) from the album Rogue Astronaut. Abandon shows growth over previous Pharmakon releases, and at the same time shows a young artist with a great deal of potential for further growth.

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