Dorja are a band that has witnessed a lot of personnel changes since their formation back in 2016. However, based upon the band’s latest release and current incarnation, it feels like they have now found themselves and their definitive line-up.

There is a coherent flow to the EP from the start. The title track itself creates a somewhat atmospheric, almost ethereal opening to the release. The song has a bit of an eastern twang with moody guitar parts and instrumentation.

The beauty of this EP is that each number showcases a different side of the band’s repertoire. The second track on the release is probably one the heaviest songs we’ve heard from Dorja to date, with its big riffs, thunderous beat, and Almas’ spellbinding vocal. The song certainly packs a punch.

Ghost Town may also be the name of a track by The Specials, but this is no cover song – and the title feels pertinent in the strange times we are living. The song is a little slower than the previous number. It’s dreamy in places, with a stunning breakdown, the twin part guitar harmonies in the latter stages of the song are of particular note.

Throughout the EP, you can hear the evolution of the Dorja sound which is particularly the case with Barely Heaven. The song’s heavy groove and short sharp guitar riffs make it stand out from the crowd.

Dorja quickly switch gears with almost every track on the EP. The final song of the release, Dust, is a bit on the slower side, but it allows Aiym Almas‘ to truly showcase her impressive vocal range.

With Persephone, Dorja have really come into their own and have put forward their best release to date.

Words by Adam Kennedy