Margaret Chardiet, aka Pharmakon, has announced she'll be releasing a new album this autumn. Bestial Burden was recorded with Sean Ragon at Heaven Street in Brooklyn, and is due out on October 13th via Sacred Bones.

Bestial Burden was hugely inspired by Chardiet's hospital stay, something she explains more thoroughly in the press release:

"After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin, any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time. It all happened so fast and unexpectedly that my mind took a while to catch up to the reality of my recovery. I felt a widening divide between my physical and mental self. It was as though my body had betrayed me, acting as a separate entity from my consciousness. I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self."

She'll also be touring Europe this autumn with Swans. Those dates are as follows:

  • Sep-25 Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
  • Sep-26 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Music Hall
  • Sep-28 Paris, France - Le Marioquineri
  • Sep-30 La Rochelle, France - La Sirene
  • Oct-01 Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
  • Oct-02 Madrid, Spain - Shoko
  • Oct-03 Durango, Spain - Plateruena
  • Oct-04 Porto, Portugal - AmpliFest
  • Oct-07 Fribourg, Switzerland - FRI-Son
  • Oct-08 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Grabenhalle
  • Oct-09 Torino, Italy - Hiroshima Club
  • Oct-10 Bologna, Italy - Estragon Club
  • Oct-11 Rome, Italy - DNA Concerti
  • Oct-12 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz Milano
  • Oct-14 Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo
  • Oct-15 Budapest, Hungary - A38 Ship
  • Oct-16 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Kiska Centre For Urban Culture
  • Oct-17 Vienna, Austria - Arena Big Hall
  • Oct-18 Krakow, Poland - Unsound Fest
  • Oct-20 Prague, Czech Republic - Lucenra Music Bar
  • Oct-21 Berlin, Germany - Berghain
  • Oct-23 Leipzig, Germany - Schauspiel Leipzig
  • Oct-24 Cologne, Germany - Gebaeude 9
  • Oct-25 Hannover, Germany - MusikZentrum
  • Oct-27 Hamburg, Germany - Kampnage
  • Oct-29 Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
  • Oct-30 Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
  • Oct-31 Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
  • Nov-01 Munich, Germany - Feierwerk

Bestial Burden's tracklisting:

  • 01. Vacuum
  • 02. Intent or Instinct
  • 03. Body Betrays Itself
  • 04. Primitive Struggle
  • 05. Autoimmune
  • 06. Bestial Burden