Devour is the New York-based artist's most intense output of her 12+ years of creating industrial noise. Like her previous albums, it comes with a strong concept, using imagery and language of self-cannibalism as allegory for the self-destructive nature of humans. Each of the five songs echoes a stage of grief associated with this cyclical chamber of self-destruction and the chaos surrounding us that leads us to devour ourselves in an attempt to balance the agony.
The album was recorded by Ben Greenberg, and is the first Pharmakon album recorded live in studio. Each side was recorded as a continuous take with vocals from start to finish, marking a totally new process that allows the ferocity and immediacy of Pharmakon's live performance to resonate throughout. It also sees her exploring new sonic territory, with denser electronics, groovier hooks, and moments of her most unhinged vocal deliveries to date.
Pharmakon released her last album, Contact, in 2017, also through Sacred Bones.
Devour LP lands on August 30, with "Self-Regulating System" streaming in full below.
02. Spit It Out
03. Self-Regulating System
05. Pristine Panic / Cheek By Jowl