|EP by The Church|
|Studio||Studios 301, Sydney|
|Producer||The Church, John Bee|
|The Church chronology|
Persia is the fourth extended play by the Australian psychedelic rock band the Church, which was released in August 1984. It was the follow=up to their earlier 1984 EP Remote Luxury, and continued in a similar stylistic vein.
The material from both five-track EPs was collected for international release on a compilation album, also called Remote Luxury, later in 1984. In 2001, EMI Australia released another compilation album, Sing-Songs//Remote Luxury//Persia (see also, Sing-Songs), which had remastered versions of all tracks from each of the three EPs, in their original running order.
The Church released two extended plays in 1984, Remote Luxury in March and Persia in August, but only in Australia and New Zealand. Both EPs reached the Top 50 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart. Most of the tracks on Persia were written by lead vocalist Steve Kilbey. Compared to their third studio album, Seance, the atmosphere was lighter and less gloomy. The band's trademark guitar sound was complemented by the keyboards of Craig Hooper (from the Reels), who joined as an auxiliary touring member.
Evan Cater of AllMusic observed that "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". Australian musicologist Ian McFarlane deemed it "excellent", noting that it "yielded such radiant Church moments as 'Constant in Opal' and 'Shadow Cabinet'".
- "Constant in Opal" (Steve Kilbey) – 3:28
- "Volumes" (Marty Willson-Piper) – 4:02
- "No Explanation" (Kilbey) – 3:52
- "Violet Town" (Kilbey) – 3:25
- "Shadow Cabinet" (Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Richard Ploog, Willson-Piper) – 3:25
- The Church
- Steve Kilbey: lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
- Peter Koppes: guitars, backing vocals
- Marty Willson-Piper: guitars, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Volumes"
- Richard Ploog: drums, percussion
- Additional musicians
- Craig Hooper: keyboards
- Leon Zervos: sound effects
- Production work
- Engineer: John Bee
- Mastering: Don Bartley at EMI Studios 301, Sydney
- Mixer: The Church, John Bee at EMI Studios 301, Sydney
- Producer: The Church, John Bee, recorded at EMI Studios 301, Sydney in June–August 1984
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back-calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Church'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 12 July 2004.
- Cater, Evan. "Persia – The Church | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2017.