After a big success of the debut album Maya and a European tour with Transglobal Underground Toby Marks travelled the world collecting inspirations. He joined The Tibet Support Group, a part of International Tibet Independence Movement. As a response to the decision to build the Qingzang railway between the cities of Xining and the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, in 1995 Marks recorded a 12-minute long track with looped chants from Tibet. It soon appeared to be a start for the whole project, eventually creating a new album. As Marks said, the compositions were made as a result of political and human sensitivity.