on Lucky Sixteen Limited / BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Following the successful DIY release of their debut album ‘Don Your Suit of Lights’, The Mostar Diving Club – Obi frontman Damian Katkhuda and producer/multi-instrumentalist Will Worsley – will release their second album ‘Triumph of Hope’ on March 4th 2013 on Lucky Sixteen Limited / BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
‘Triumph of Hope’ finds Katkhuda’s skill at crafting melodic gems coming to the fore, with his yearning songs often infused by a rich array of diverse instrumentation. It ranges from stripped down tracks such as the haunting ‘Train of Roses’ and the intimate ‘Echoes’ to uplifting moments of folk-pop such as ‘Give A Little Love’ and ‘To The Ocean’.
The first single to be taken from ‘Triumph of Hope’ will be ‘Broken and Borrowed’ which will be released on December 10th. Underpinned by an insistent rhythm and strident flourishes of banjo, ‘Broken and Borrowed’ is one of the most immediately memorable moments to be found on the album.
Katkhuda formed The Mostar Diving Club after the decline of his previous band Obi, who released two well-received albums on Cooking Vinyl and played to audiences of up to 8000 people in mainland Europe while being almost unknown at home. The duo released ‘Don Your Suit of Lights’ in 2009 after recording it with an estimated budget of £1000. Featuring material ranging from intimate guitar/vocal arrangements to richer sounds filled with brass, strings and all manner of other instruments, the album reiterated the fact that great music can be produced at little expense.
Their efforts would go on to be richly rewarded, as their music was selected for a number of high profile film, TV and advert syncs. As the release of ‘The Triumph of Hope’ draws near, the duo’s songs have since been heard in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, the Stateside hit crime-drama ‘Castle’, the Rachel Bilson movie ‘Waiting For Forever’ as well as in a variety of major advertising campaigns.
Some of those deals could earn five-figure sums with additional royalties on top, as well as the exposure created by the inclusion of the songs on mainstream TV shows. Katkhuda estimates that ‘Don Your Suit of Lights’ has sold “a few thousand” copies online in addition to the initial run of 1000 physical copies that are now long sold-out. Clearly, the Mostar Diving Club business model can provide a decent income.
Evidently proud of his work, Katkhuda is eager for people to hear his work in its original form: “I write albums because I love doing them, it just so happens that people buy them for adverts. That’s all well and good, but I definitely don’t make them with that in mind, I make them because I love making and writing music.”
That love of music has already resulted in a deluge of material that could feature on the third and fourth Mostar Diving Club albums. A rare, intimate London show is also in the works and will be confirmed imminently.
First single ‘Broken and Borrowed’ will be released on December 10th. Video online here: