The Church


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Persia was the first of two Church EPs that were later combined to form the full length album Remote Luxury. Like much of the band's work, it manages to draw from the best qualities of neo-psycheldelia and pop-rock without succumbing to the genres' respective pitfalls. It is atmospheric without being spacey or formless, catchy without being superficial, and mellow without being lethargic. To say that Persia lacks a strong standout single is not really a criticism; the focus here is more on creating a unified set of songs belonging to the same sonic landscape than on kicking out a killer single. In fact, the biggest fault of the record is simply that it is too short. For that reason, Remote Luxury is the more logical purchase for most. Persia will only be of interest to avid collectors.