Following their debut, Hold this Ghost, whose immediate melodies and lush orchestration garnered significant press and a devoted listenership worldwide, Musée Mécanique returns with the ambitious From Shores of Sleep, a through-composed musical voyage that finds its lineage as much in the song-cycles of Robert Schumann as in its Portland, Oregon folk-rock contemporaries. Using water as a central image, Musée Mécanique has crafted a story both insightful and moving, a record about travels and transitions, of restlessness and longing, and the grief that comes from leaving things behind.
To perform the arrangements live is a daunting task requiring 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. Each player must do several things at once, all the while singing complex harmonies, to succeed in capturing both the technical complexity of From Shores of Sleep, and also its emotional depth and generous spirit. The band has announced a handful of shows around the album release, with a full tour to be announced soon.