Phurpa are a solo project from Russia that plays a mixture of dark ambient, experimental, drone, ritual and shamanistic music and this is a review of his 217 double album "Gyer Ro" which was released by Cyclic Law.
Percussions and Tibetan style folk instruments start off the album along with some ritualistic chanting that has almost a very dark and demonic feeling and after awhile shamanistic and tribal style drumming is also added into certain sections of the recording and all of the songs are very long and epic in length.
Spoken word parts can also be heard at times and coughs can also be heard in the background briefly and when cymbals a re utilized they give the songs a more experimental and avant garde feeling and the ritualistic Tibetan horns conjure up the Bon spirits and the songs also utilize a great amount of mantras.
Phurpa plays a musical style that takes an ancient Bon Po ritual and mixes it with dark ambient, experimental and drone to create something original, the production sounds very dark while the song themes focus around Tibetan Bon Shamanism.
In my opinion Phurpa are a very great sounding mixture of dark ambient, experimental, drone, ritual and shamanistic music and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Laughter Of To-Nag-Ma" and "Mu-Ye". 8 out of 10.