THE MOSTAR DIVING CLUB
Damian Katkhuda first came to prominence fronting cult indie folk band Obi in the early 2000s. His music has featured in tv shows, films and ad campaigns including Visa, Honda, Walkers Crisps, Asda, BBC and Channel 4.
Signed to BMG since 2001 and producing to date nine studio albums under different guises he has remained resolutely under the radar, choosing to go about his craft in his own unique way and style. The Mostar Diving Club is his latest project with four albums released under its banner; Don Your Suit of Lights (2008), Triumph of Hope (2013), Horizontal Hotel (2015) and Here Comes Joy (2018); you’ve probably never heard of him though you will of heard his songs which have been used widely in film and television to create unique and beautiful atmospheres on screen. The songs have also been championed by Steve Lamacq and Laurene Laverne at BBC6music.
The music ranges from large scale productions to just a simple guitar and voice recorded in the garden. Recorder orchestras, violins with trumpet attachments, bowed saws, accordions, harmoniums, glockenspiels, banjos, auto harps and ukuleles are just a few of the instruments to be heard on these highly eclectic albums. They have met with great critical acclaim both here and abroad; “Don’t equate the lightness of touch Damian Katkhuda brings to his music with a lack of graft: the singer has been releasing magical folk-pop albums for years, never quite breaking through but affirming the notion that if you look beyond the charts you can strike gold. Infused with a born-melodist gift and straight-to-the-emotional-
mains lyric writing, this music is plaintive and heart breakingly lovely, Pure gold.” (Sunday Times). The name, The Mostar Diving Club, is taken from a town in Bosnia where Katkhuda’s fathers’ family hail from; as a right of passage into adulthood, young men dive from an old bridge into a shallow river below, a distance of some thirty meters.
This is an utter audio delight. It reminds me of artists like St Thomas and Elliot Smith and Villagers. Mostar Diving Club create an intimate landscape of guitars, cellos, choirs and mellotrons, and have picked up some big fans along the way …
▶︎ Steve Lamacq | BBC 6Music | Tune Of The Week (Jan 2019)
▶︎ Lauren Laverne | BBC 6Music | 2 plays in Jan 2019
▶︎ Q Magazine |****| “an album of unexpected and welcome surprises”
▶︎ Mojo |****| “what they have are exquisite details; a melodic masterclass in fact/ deceptively simple and utterly charming.”
▶︎ Music Week “Totally absorbing”
▶︎ Sunday Times “Pure Gold … An almost flawless example of up-and-down beat folk pop storytelling”
▶︎ Americana Uk “Astonishingly good”
▶︎ Virgin Radio “Pete & Geoff’s ‘Album Of The Year’”
… The Mostar Diving Club is the work of writer, composer and lead singer Damian Katkhuda. Latest single ‘Leave Me To Fly’ is available to stream now (link below). They will be playing a headline London show at Bush Hall on Thursday 14th March. If there is room on site for this new single do let me know.
The Mostar Diving Club – ‘Leave Me To Fly’