Katkhuda "A Long Way From Somewhere" (Independent 2008)
Obi frontman collaborates with generally stunning results
Damian Katkhuda has released two albums as the frontman for Obi, but he has now amassed enough songs that are not suitable for the band to step out on his own (with able support from producer and composer Damian Montagu.)
The most immediate impression of ‘A Long Way From Somewhere’ is that it is a beautifully arranged album featuring musicians playing at the top of their game. All of the tracks are beautifully arranged - featuring excellent pedal steel work from David Ogilvy that brings to mind Calexico at their most atmospheric. Cellos, violins and mariachi trumpets sprinkle the tracks, giving the album a sumptuous feel and also revealing Damian Montagu’s routes as a film composer.
Katkhuda has taken his Eastern folk beginnings and combined them with a little bit of tex-mex to create a sound that is generally original. It is refreshing to hear a European album, featuring instrumentation traditionally associated with country music that sounds nothing like country music.
The only criticism that could be levelled at this album is that it is slightly one paced, and many of the songs sound vocally quite similar, but when an artist hits upon such a beautiful formula, there are worse crimes than to reproduce it.
Date review added: Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Reviewer: Dan Wilkinson
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