Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Pharmakon-Crawling on Bruised Knees
For nearly five years, Pharmakon AKA Margret Chardiet has been making evilly intense and abrasive industrial music in her own self-made Red Light District scene in New York. And for just as long, it's been nearly impossible to talk about Pharmakon's music properly due to her releasing nothing outside of a few hard to find CDrs and tapes. All that changes now though, with Sacred Bones releasing her first proper LP Abandon in May. And if the title or cover art don't give you a hint at the damage or darkness lurking in Pharmakon's music, then one listen to "Crawling on Bruised Knees" will. It opens with a drum pounding so massive it sounds like bombs going off. Then the jagged synths kick in, creating pure horror movie tension for the rest of the song. The song picks up slowly, but ever so steadily before Chardiet's vocals kick in and shift the song away from its horror sensation, to its real emotions of apocolyptic anger and darkness. Chardiet's sends her vocals through a modilator that twists them in the just the right way so that you know they are actual words, but warpped so they sound monstrous as well. At same time, the song's no wave style industrial march chugs in the background, it's pressence an almost inescapable force. "Crawling on Bruised Knees" might be one of the most visceral/evil things I've heard in a while, and god if it isn't just mind-twistingly perfect because of that.
Pre-order Abandon here, from Sacred Bones Records