This is almost an education. Phurpa is a Tibetian monastic ensemble that started out in Moscow led by Alexei Tegin. The sounds on this record are all rooted in a form of throat singing called tantric rgyud-skad throat singing that is the from a pre-Tibetian religion called Bon. With the addition of bells, cymbals, chimes and drums this group creates an emotional and hypnotic swirl of classic eastern and middle eastern music. Originally released on cd, this vinyl pressing sounds unbelievably clear. The layout and packaging is by Stephen O'Malley and is an gorgeous as you have come to expect. This also happens to be the first record on O'Malley's new vinyl imprint, Ideologic Organ. Necessary.