About Musée Mécanique
In the basement of a small Victorian home on the banks of the Willamette river, five young gentlemen have been busy crafting lushly orchestrated pieces of music. The notes and lyrics that seep through those low windows is a kind of music-box folk, acknowledging a past rich with mystery and wonder while grappling with a future filled with the chill of the digital age. This, is a band of fierce friends and musical artisans named Musée Mécanique.
The anchor of the band’s sound can be found in the melodic and lyrical wells of Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie (Tristeza). The wisps of accordions, musical saws and pedal steel; the clangs of glockenspiels, pianos, and garage sale synthesizers; the swells of trumpets, woodwinds and strings all compliment and complete that solid foundation with delicate and intricate attention.
Their namesake, a museum of antique coin-operated mechanical music boxes and novelties located on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf., whose artisan-crafted machines embody a symbiosis between humanity and technology, is perfectly suited to the music swimming in their heads. Like the towering piles of vintage National Geographic magazines scattered in their Portland, Oregon basement, the museum itself has served as a compass for the group’s arrangements and lyrical subjects.
The members of Musée Mécanique hail from both coasts and places in between. Rabwin and Ogilvie began writing and performing music together as boyhood friends and, after founding the band in 2006, they enlisted the talents of Matt Berger (drums), Jeff Boyd (bass) and Brian Perez (keyboards, lap steel) to actualize their orchestrations in a live setting. Since then, Musée Mécanique has toured extensively throughout the U.S., enjoying the company and talents of Great Lake Swimmers, Wye Oak, Horse Feathers, Eleni Mandell, Laura Gibson and Michael Hurley among others.
Their debut full length album “Hold This Ghost” was recently completed with the help of Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Sorcerer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs) and will be released in September of 2008. After some summer lounging and relaxation, the band will embark on a US tour in support of the new record, bringing their accordion, lap steel, 2 glockenspiels, musical saw and 7 keyboards to new listeners across the globe.