This special sampler EP, which was pressed in a one-time limited edition of only 100 copies, was created especially for the occasion of Pharmakon's first Chicago show, on July 13, 2009 at The Empty Bottle, with Locrian, Anatomy of Habit, and The Human Quena Orchestra. This four-song disc compiles a selection of both previously released and currently unreleased songs, which offer the listener an opportunity to discover the music of Pharmakon. The selection yields a concise and vivid glimpse into the mind of musician Margaret Chardiet, a young New York-based noise artist who is gaining increased attention, based upon her spectacularly vehement live performances. Chardiet is a part of the vital Far Rockaway, Queens, experimental-noise scene that includes such groups as Yellow Tears, Halflings, Hands Rendered Useless, Teeny Bopper, Tension Fields, and more. She also performs in the group Throat, with Ryan Woodhall of Yellow Tears, etc. On this disc, Chardiet delivers a one-woman hailstorm of cold analogue electronic terror, both violently bewitching and pushing the boundaries of the darkest and the heaviest death-industrial music. The brutal opening track, "Xia Xinfeng," was previously included on a self-titled, self-released CD-R in 2007. The more brooding "Decline One" is currently unreleased, and it will be included on the upcoming cassette, "Backsliders and Prodigal Sons," to be released by City Mortuary in 2009. The harsher "Mound of Flesh, Cavern of Fluids" was previously included on "Inside and Out", a split/collaborative double-cassette with Pharmakon and Hands Rendered Useless, released by Callow God in 2009. Finally, the dark and threatening "Locusts and Honeyblood" is a sneak peek excerpt from a new full-length recording that will be released later this year. These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts featuring color artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap.
1. "Xia Xinfeng" (3:35)
2. "Decline One" (2:54)
3. "Mound of Flesh, Cavern of Fluids" (5:52)
4. "Locusts and Honeyblood" (7:50)