Frog Stand Records announce the highly-anticipated full length release Hold This Ghost from their newest signing, Musée Mécanique
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 25 2008
Portland, Oregon, five piece Musée Mécanique, founded by childhood friends Sean Ogilvie (of Tristeza) and Micah Rabwin, follow up their stunning tour-only EP You Are Now An Airplane with the highly anticipated debut full-length Hold This Ghost which will be released September 30 on Frog Stand Records (Clare & the Reasons). Recorded along the banks of the Willamette River in the basement of a old Victorian, Musée Mécanique crafted the lush, intricate orchestration of Hold This Ghost before mixing it with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs). Delicate arrangements comprised of glockenspiel, accordian, piano, musical saws, strings, woodwinds, and garage synthesizers are anchored by the vocals of Micah and Sean, the music as carefully engineerd as the turn of the century penny arcades and coin-operated marvels found at the San Francisco attraction after which the band named itself. From instrumentation to words, Sean and Micah also drew inspiration for the lyrics of Hold This Ghost from the stories found in a the pages of National Geographic issues nearly half a century old. It is the combination of science and discovery, man and machine, old fashioned instruments layered with modern day electronics, which come together in Musée Mécanique’s music, creating “a collection of beautiful anachronisms, grounded in no particular time” (Willamette Week).
A spring tour in which Musée Mécanique took their collection of instruments old and new on dates across the US evoked an amazing response from the press and also found the band with an early, highly excited fanbase. A North American tour in support of the Fall release of Hold This Ghost will be announced.
“The lush-sounding quintet crafts drifing, fog-buoyed songs full of hushed melancholy and a love of the cinema” – The Onion
“Beautiful, complex, toughtful, memorable and full of “everything right where it should be” decisions” – Portland Mercury
“They shine quiet wonder through an eerie, nostalgic lens of quivering saws and keyboards, all the whole providing Sufjan Stevens with formidable competition in the “Best Baroque Folksters” category” – SF Bay Guardian