Pharmakon (music)

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Birth nameMargaret Chardiet
Born (1990-06-19) June 19, 1990 (age 33)
Far Rockaway, New York, U.S.
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active2009–present

Pharmakon is the solo experimental music project of Margaret Chardiet (born June 19, 1990),[1] based out of New York City and formed in 2007. Pharmakon's live musical act has been described as confrontational and concise, attempting to "cross the boundary between performer and audience".[2] Her songs are completely prearranged both live and in recordings, more focused on perfecting a sound rather than generating randomness in noise.


Growing up in New York City, Chardiet has been a prominent figure in the underground, experimental music scene since the age of 17.[3] Her involvement in Far Rockaway's Red Light District collective helped inspire her to create her music.[4]

Her self-titled debut EP was released on the BloodLust! label in 2009.[5]

Signing to Sacred Bones Records, she released her first full-length album, Abandon, in 2013.[6]

For her second full-length release, Bestial Burden,[7] Chardiet stated that the main inspiration for the album was her abrupt surgery, explaining that her experiences made her feel a disconnect with her physical body and her mind.[2] Pitchfork named "Bestial Burden" the 75th-best song of 2014.[8]

The third Pharmakon album, Contact, was released by Sacred Bones on March 31, 2017.[9]

Chardiet released her fourth full-length Pharmakon album, Devour, on August 30, 2019.[10]


  • Pharmakon (2009, BloodLust!)
  • Abandon (2013, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Bestial Burden (2014, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Contact (2017, Sacred Bones Records)
  • Devour (2019, Sacred Bones Records)[10]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970–2009," database, FamilySearch (May 22, 2014), Margaret A Chardiet, Residence, Far Rockaway, New York, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ a b "Pitchfork Interview: Pharmakon". Pitchfork. August 15, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "Pharmakon Abandon". Sacred Bones. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  4. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (March 27, 2013). "Pharmakon". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 15, 2024.
  5. ^ "Pharmakon Pharmakon". Discogs. July 13, 2009. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Pharmakon Abandon". Discogs. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Pharmakon Bestial Burden". Discogs. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "The 100 Best Tracks of 2014". Pitchfork. December 15, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2024.
  9. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (January 12, 2017). "Pharmakon Announces New Album Contact, Shares New Track: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Strauss, Matthew (July 9, 2019). "Pharmakon Announces New Album Devour, Shares "Self-Regulating System": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2019.