Musée Mécanique’s dual songwriters, Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie, met in their ninth grade English class twenty years ago, and they have been making music together ever since. The band’s 2009 debut, Hold this Ghost, featured immediate melodies and lush orchestration that garnered significant press and a devoted listenership worldwide (as well as a glowing review from Pitchfork). Musée Mécanique’s ambitious follow-up, From Shores of Sleep, is a rich and dense musical voyage that finds its lineage as much in the song-cycles of Robert Schumann as in its Portland, Oregon, folk-rock contemporaries. Over the course of two years, Rabwin and Ogilvie labored over lyrics both together and separately, referencing Homer’s Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, Jacques Cousteau, old sailors legends, as well as their own interactions with the ocean and the rivers near Portland.
Using water as the album’s central image, Musée Mécanique has crafted a story both surreal and insightful, meticulous and moving. It’s a record about travels and transitions. And Musée Mécanique knows a thing or two about transition: To perform the new arrangements live is a daunting task requiring the once-minimal group to utilize more than a dozen keyboards and an array of acoustic instruments, from flugelhorn to lap-steel to musical saw. Nevertheless, having swelled from a duo into a solid five-piece, the band now pulls it off with impressive passion and precision.
From Shores Of Sleep
Listen to the song "The Lighthouse and the Hourglass"Ambitious From Shores of Sleep is a thoroughly-composed musical voyage that finds its lineage as much in the song-cycles of Robert Schumann as it does in its Portland, Oregon folk-rock contemporaries. Using water as a central image, Musée Mécanique has crafted a story both surreal and insightful, meticulous and moving that explores themes of transition, restlessness, and the grief that comes with leaving things behind.
- 1. O, Astoria!
2. The Lighthouse and the Hourglass
3. The Open Sea
4. The Man Who Sleeps
5. A Wish We Spoke
6. Castle Walls
7. The World of Silence
8. Along the Shore
9. Cast in the Brine
10. The Shaker’s Cask
- Musée Mécanique Musée Mécanique’s songwriters, Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie, met in their ninth grade English class twenty years ago, and they have been making music together ever since. With diverse subject matter ranging from Homer’s Odyssey to their own interactions with the ocean and unique instrumentation choices (lap steel and musical saw to name a few) Musée Mécanique satisfies both the sonic and lyrical needs of listeners looking for something slightly off the beaten path. Over the years the band has swollen from a duo into a five-piece and is known for its impressive passion and precision.
A Wish We Spoke (3:48)From Shores of Sleep
From Shores Of Sleep (46:29)Full Album
The Open Sea (5:02)From Shores of Sleep
The World Of Silence (3:45)From Shores of Sleep