The first release from Lydia's Trumpet, and the songs that create happiness for many. Charming pop tunes and great harmonies reminiscent of the Kinks.
"It's doubtful Lydia's Trumpet would win any 'Best Un-signed' type contest (some dorky band in sunglasses always wins those things) - this is a band with an entirely different sort of potential. The group is a more or less loose aggregation of players that spontaneously coalesced to give life and breath to the songs of Ray Kirsch, who sings and strums away on an acoustic guitar. There's traces in Kirsch's writing that hark back to a long line of other shaggy, lovable, eccentrics from Syd Barrett to Julian Cope to Grant Lee Buffalo (nee Phillips) - young, strange types, somewhat drunk on poetry and amour, realing and swooning under a beaming moon. Sure some of the songs on 'Catalpa' are a little unfinished and the recordings are a little unpolished, much as St. Julian's twisted home demos must sound like, or what an initial homespun King Missile tape probably would have approximated. The fact remains that there's so precious few people who can pull off writing delightfully skewed songs like 'Brockabrella' (about an unproven 10th planet supposedly orbiting beyond Pluto), 'Iowa' or 'Dripping Away' that whenever such a talent comes along we take immediate notice. Also check out 'Precious Fruit,' 'Fruit Pie' and 'Rocket to Mars.'"
--- CMJ New Music Report, February 26, 1993
"Thanks for sending the cassette. I think it's great. Usually I send away for stuff that got a good review and am disappointed when it finally comes in. Not at all the case here!"
--- CKUT Radio McGill, Spring 1993