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Pharmakon - Abandon
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2013 Ratings: #129 / 953
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2013 Ratings: #249
May 14, 2013 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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Abandon is one of the most cathartic, brutalizing, and beautiful experimental releases this or any year.


Abandon is a brick hurtling through the windshield of a moving car, a purposefully antagonistic act that forces you to fully focus on the moment. 

Tiny Mix Tapes

This is a suffering that calls itself up in order to cathart itself, which expels itself from the mouth, like bile, and is captured mechanically in order to perform the same paradoxical operation of penetrative-aggression-that-is-exorcism upon the listener.

Consequence of Sound

The four tracks of power electronics that follow burn and burrow, every gasp for breath filling the lungs with more soot and smoke, every exhalation fanning the flames.

The 405

Music as deeply unsettling as this doesn't come along too often - it's a challenging record whose rewards you really have to earn, but give it time and it will eventually start to open up, and maybe even in ways you were never expecting.


Instead of the chaotic improv one would normally expect from a noise album like this, Abandon is an exercise in precision, drawing in its prey and exposing it to a sonic assault that will leave it both exhausted and enlightened.

Artists such as Margaret Chardiet are a scary lot. If their music is any indication of what might be going through their mind around the clock it's a wonder they survive to rise another day. This is not for the feint of heart. Nor is this the sort of listen intended to fill your home with an enlightened ambient vibe. Frankly, it's the stuff of nightmares. Quoting Pitchfork's review,"a purposefully antagonistic act that forces you to fully focus on the moment"...just before you piss ... read more
her voice is heavenly LOL i'm gonna show my friend
Makes Frankie Teardrop call for his mom.
Pharmakon—AKA Margaret Chardiet—has received more attention from the masses for Abandon's admittedly ugly album artwork more than the EP's even uglier sound—seriously, if Alice Glass' vocals on Crystal Castles' 2010 song "Doe Deer" challenged your eardrums, Chardiet is going to slice, stab, and mutilate your ears with her black metal-esque screams that sound like she's, well, getting sliced, stabbed, and mutilated in the darkest part of the woods. Maybe it was ... read more
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#4/Tiny Mix Tapes
#16/The Wire

Track List

  1. Milkweed / It Hangs Heavy
  2. Ache
  3. Pitted 
  4. Crawling on Bruised Knees 
  5. Sour Sap (Bonus Track)
Contributions By
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Added on: May 16, 2013