Phurpa return with two massive releases on Oaken Palace Records – more than 3 hours of material spread over a double LP and a super-long cassette tape.
The vinyl album (get it here) is a beautiful tapestry of ancient sounds, with varied passages of communal vocals complemented with singing bowl, rattle and traditional drums, over the faint organic hum of the ritual space.
The cassette (this release) presents an astounding extended mantra, a single recording lasting one hour and forty-four minutes. The massive opening chant was impossible to cut to fit on regular C90 tape, let alone vinyl or CD, so we present the entire ritual session here on specially extended C105 cassette. Each 52-minute side of the tape was too large for this site, so the tracks had to be split- but the tape leaves the invocation interrupted. These releases together comprise a staggering dark mass of ritual drone, austere but richly dense, relentless but profoundly meditative.
Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 (2LP) will be dedicated to the Amur leopard, (Panthera pardus orientalis) the most endangered big cat on this planet, with only 70 individuals remaining in the wild. Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 (tape) will be dedicated to the Amur tiger, (Panthera tigrus altaica) which came to the brink of extinction in the 1940s, and is only slowly recovering. All profits will be donated to the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance (ALTA).
OAK-011 Sacred Sounds 18.12.16
Sacred Sound 1 (19:39)
Sacred Sound 2 (20:06)
Sacred Sound 3 (18:42)
Sacred Sound 4 (21:25)
2LP, 79 min 52 seconds, 2LP, edition of 500 on 140g black vinyl.
OAK-012 Sacred Sounds 22.1.17
Sacred Sound 5 (51:59)
Sacred Sound 6 (51:55)
Tape, 104 min 54 seconds, edition of 150 on C105 purple cassette, of which 25 are hand numbered with special screen-printed cases.