"I described the black cat orch to someone here as looking like a crowd of scientists who accidentally landed on stage playing instruments. They are the scientists of music."
Jan Wallace, poet
"The Black Cat Orchestra succeeded in creating what can only be described as a dream cabaret, pulling elements of klezmer and gypsy music out the foggy seaside air, inciting audience members to dance slowly and jerkily like puppets."
Traci Vogel, The Stranger
"Romantic, yet sleazy."
"I've seen the Black Cat Orchestra perform with a silent movie screening once before, and it was truly unforgettable. The smoky sounds of 'cello, accordion, guitar, bass, french horn, harmonica and drums provides a subtextual dialogue you didn't even know you were missing. You'll never be able to enjoy Dolby sound again."
J.K. Toews, Willamette Week
"As your parents told you, there are things you should avoid and things you should seek out. The Black Cat Orchestra are one of those things you should seek out, and preferably as soon as possible. It's the music from a Mitteleuropa of your dreams - a place where fold, classical, and klezmer collide in a stately dance, in a time that manages to be both now and then. If that sounds a little vague, it's only because BCO refuse to let themselves be pinned down.
"Under the leadership of Kyle Hanson and Lori Goldston (she who had the cello seat with Nirvana), the band walks an edgy path that recalls the shtetl and the cabaret, the luxury yacht and the passage in steerage. It's the new world looking back at the old through time and space, in its own way not unlike some of Evan Lurie's work. Elegantly conceived and played, this is something that doesn't get old, doesn't paint itself in fashion corner, and - unlike most releases of the decade - grows in stature with each play."
Chris Nickson, The Rocket
"This film is apparently meaningless, but if it has any meaning it is doubtless objectionable."
British Board of Film Censors in 1929,
regarding "The Seashell and the Clergyman".