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Musée Mécanique


First conceived in a museum of antique arcade machines and later actualized in a small Victorian home on the banks of the Willamette River, Musée Mécanique’s Hold This Ghost began its journey in a high school literature class.

Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rabwin met, started their ?rst band together, played their ?rst shows, and wrote their ?rst jointly-penned songs before either of them could legally drive a car. Their early friendship fostered a creative partnership that has endured distance, estrangement and more than a decade of their lives.

While living in the Bay Area of California, the two songwriters developed an af?nity for the collection of vintage coin-operated games, player pianos and novelties housed at the Musée Mécanique (Mechanical Museum) located on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Much like the recordings of Hold This Ghost, the machines within the museum are a hybrid of technology and humanity: mechanical by nature, but animated via a dedicated craftsmanship that reveals the unique ?aws and personality of each.

Their Portland, Oregon home studio, itself a collection of interesting instruments and antiques, is peppered in every corner with second-hand ?otsam. Tack pianos, trumpets, musical saws and garage sale Casio keyboards mingle among forgotten amateur landscape paintings, broken 1930s-era radios and hand-cranked ice cream makers. Their neighborhood - an integral source of the album’s inspiration - is ?anked by giant Redwoods that overlook the scenic Willamette River. Nearby, an eerie mausoleum perches above a wildlife refuge and one of the oldest running amusement parks in the world.

Excited by the album’s story and songs, producer Tucker Martine mixed Hold This Ghost with a creative vision that perfectly echoed that of Rabwin and Ogilvie. Now, Rabwin and Ogilvie are joined on stage by multi-instrumentalists Matthew Rubin Berger, Jeffery Boyd and Brian Perez, bringing the album to life.

” Few recent releases approach the textural and musically detailed devotion of Musée Mécanique's debut long-player, Hold This Ghost…masterfully assembled like a musical ship-in-a-bottle via thrift store instruments, castaway equipment, and just about anything else the band could get their hands on.”
Portland Mercury, 01/01/2010
"An album for the ages"
The Oregonian, 01/01/2010
"A smooth puree of the epically sweeping soundscapes of Pink Floyd and the catchier acid-indie sensibilities of the Flaming Lips."<br />
LA City Beat, 01/01/2010
"With their soft voices and crafty arrangements, the music is a sort of airy folk style, not too far from Nick Drake, but with a constantly shifting array of instruments... I really enjoy the feel of this record- it seems they captured perfectly what they do best."
Tape Op Magazine, 01/01/2010
“Hypnotically compelling”
San Francisco Chronicle, 01/01/2010
“Elegant, expressive”
Washington Times, 01/01/2010
“It is [the] ability to viscerally effect an audience that make[s] Musée Mécanique such a powerful, if unusual, folk force. Their shy yet florid debut is tinged with sadness, like a painted carousel sitting empty in winter, mourning for a time that they—or we—never even knew.”
Pitchforkmedia, 01/15/2010
“A layered, delicate take on folk, meticulously arranged with an ear for atmosphere and texture, with surprises unfolding every moment”<br />
XLR8R, 01/01/2010
 
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