Musee Mecanique - Hold This Ghost
Hold This Ghost: an appropriate title for an album which floats into the consciousness on a breath of melancholia borne forth by thrift shop glockenspiels and melodicas. This, Musée Mécanique’s debut album, represents the culmination of a decade long partnership between Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rawbin and its richness surely lies in the depth of that relationship, the seeds of which were sown way back in high school literature classes. The performances captured here, while wistful, remain exceptionally restrained and perhaps reminiscent of the clockwork novelties housed in the San Francisco museum from which they take their name. Not that there’s a lack of humanity on display, the achingly beautiful sighs of the cello sympathise with the tearful lament of the pedal steel and connect deep into the soul. It is the perfect, evocative companion piece to last year’s Bonfires on the Heath swansong from The Clientele and should appeal to the hopeless romantic in all of us.