Pharmakon explores trance states on new album Contact

Hear the caustic first single ‘Transmission’ now.

Margaret Chardiet has unveiled the third album in her Pharmakon project, Contact, which will be released this March on Sacred Bones.

Chardiet explains the album, which marks Pharmakon’s 10th anniversary, came after a long reevaulation of the project’s central purpose: the exploration of what it means to be human. After exploring the physical body on 2014’s Bestial Burden, she describes Contact as an album about the mind and an attempt to capture the trancelike focus of her live performances.

“We are each nothing but a single, short-lived cell in a vast organism which itself will one day die,” she says in a statement. “If we accept that the only true claim sentience gives us is our tiny sliver of time, it opens us to revel in it, to make CONTACT.”

According to Chardiet, Contact is structured to follow the four stages of trances — preparation, onset, climax, and resolution — something we hear in progress on the album’s third track and noisily hypnotic first single ‘Transmission’.

Find the artwork and tracklist below and look for Contact March 31 via Sacred Bones.

Tracklist:

01. ‘Nakedness of Need’
02. ‘Sentient’
03. ‘Transmission’
04. ‘Sleepwalking Form’
05. ‘Somatic’
06. ‘No Natural Order’