Musée Mécanique (band)

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This article is about the Portland, Oregon band, Musée Mécanique. For the San Francisco, California museum, see Musee Mecanique.
Musée Mécanique
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Indie folk, prog folk
Years active 2006–present
Labels Frog Stand Records, Souterrain Transmissions
Members Micah Rabwin
Sean Ogilvie
Matt Berger
John Whaley
Brian Perez
Past members Jeff Boyd
Dave Depper
Andrew Zilar
Sean Ogilvie (left) and Micah Rabwin (right) on their first European tour at the Kult in Niederstetten

Musée Mécanique is an American band based in Portland, Oregon, fronted by singer-songwriters Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie. The band's debut LP Hold This Ghost was released 30 September 2008 on Frog Stand Records of Brooklyn, New York and in 2010 on Souterrain Transmissions [1] of Berlin, Germany.


The band's chief songwriters, Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie, have been writing and performing music together since childhood. Ogilvie is formerly of San Diego, California post-rock band Tristeza. Musée Mécanique was founded in 2006 with the addition of Matt Berger, Jeff Boyd and Brian Perez.

Hold This Ghost[edit]

The record's sound has been described by music and culture magazines XLR8R as "a layered, delicate take on folk, meticulously arranged with an ear for atmosphere and texture, with surprises unfolding every moment"[2] and by Metroland (newspaper) as "subtle, elegant, yet fully modern folk-pop". Musée Mécanique has been compared to Neutral Milk Hotel and Beirut.[3]

This album was produced and engineered by Rabwin and Ogilvie and mixed by Tucker Martine who has worked with The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens and Laura Veirs.

Hold This Ghost received a 7.2 (on a 10 point scale) on Pitchfork Media. Writer Rebecca Raber said, "Musée Mécanique distinguish themselves from the throng [of Portland, Ore. folk acts] by ignoring Americana influences and infusing their brand of intimate melancholia with lush arrangements and electronic underpinnings".[4]

The song "Like Home" was featured on the internationally-syndicated NPR show All Songs Considered on 17 November 2008.[5]

Musée Mécanique toured extensively in support of Hold This Ghost, including multiple tours in both the United States and Europe. They have shared the stage with such acts as Iron & Wine, Beach House and M Ward.

The band recorded a second full-length record entitled From Shores of Sleep in 2012[6] and it is expected to be released in early 2014, followed by a tour in the United States and in Europe in support of it.

Cover of Hold This Ghost


  1. Like Home
  2. Two Friends Like Us
  3. The Propellors
  4. The Things That I Know
  5. Fits and Starts
  6. Somehow Bound
  7. Under Glass
  8. Sleeping in Our Clothes
  9. Nothing Glorious
  10. Our Changing Skins


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