Pharmakon, “Body Betrays Itself”

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 08.26.14 in Listen to This

Pharmakon is not my typical taste, but there’s an irresistible element of danger that’s always drawn me to Margaret Chardiet; the same kind of impulse that makes me slow down the car when an accident appears on the side of the road. A young woman screaming at the top of her lungs, throwing all her weight into unadulterated anguish, tends to draw out my darker side.

Her sophomore LP Bestial Burden will be released later this year. Chardiet wrote the album while she was recovering from major surgery and the single “Body Betrays Itself” gives us a few new ways to think about pain.

I imagine it playing in the background, becoming the soundtrack as your sternum’s cracked down the middle to reveal the still-beating heart nestled in the center of your rib cage. A macabre thought to be sure, but Chardiet continuously toys with the idea of stripping music to its most basic elements to see if there’s anything dark and twisted lying underneath.

And isn’t there always a discovery that you wish to ignore? Well, Chardiet will dig it up, put it on display, and force you to examine what you don’t want to see.

You won’t be able to look away.

Bestial Burden will be released October 14 on Sacred Bones Records.