Lyndsie Alguire's Top Five Ambient and Downtempo Tracks


Lyndsie Alguire's Top Five Ambient and Downtempo Tracks

We invited Montréal-based audio-visual Lyndsie Alguire to share her top five ambient and downtempo tracks with us. Having been writing music since she was 17, Lyndsie shares a selection of songs that have played an important part in shaping her sound, from her youth to present day. These songs serve as early influences for her upcoming album ' butterfly wings’ due October 17 on Reflections. Listen to lead single ‘through the boughs of the garden’, and click the button below to pre-order the album.



 ⚫️ Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

"There's not much I can say about Arvo Pärt that hasn't already been said more eloquently. The silence, the simplicity. The intention and purpose behind each spotlit note. The first time I heard this piece, my heartstrings were achingly tugged in a way they had never been before. It still has this effect on me now. I hope to create something this distilled one day."


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⚫️ Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

"Another obvious choice, maybe, but there's a reason this work is a touchstone of minimalism. It instantly pulls you inside of time itself. Deceptively simple, deliciously textural. I often work with melody first, but this piece always challenges me to put rhythm and harmony in the foreground."



⚫️ Nine Inch Nails - Leaving Hope

"As an awkward conservatory kid, Nine Inch Nails made me feel like the piano was actually a cool instrument (the cool kids at my school were all in metalcore bands). This track, and the NIN discography in general, has all the ingredients I love: tension, melancholy, hope, noise, a distorted beauty. I remember printing the sheet music at school and really digging into this piece's subtle simplicity."


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⚫️ Skinny Puppy - Riverz End

"Were you really a Canadian goth kid if you weren't poring over the entire Skinny Puppy discography? This is another group that pairs beauty with ugliness for some deeply-affecting atmospheres. The music has so much mystique, it's at turns contemplative and confrontational. I love the contrast and immersion."



⚫️ Britney Spears - Everytime

"Maybe a cheeky answer, but who am I to deny that I blushingly asked my middle school best friend to burn this on a CD for me, or that I listened to it every day on the way to school thinking the most perfect arrangement existed (plinking piano, delicate harp, breathy falsetto, sinister swells) and it was contained in a Britney Spears song? Honestly un-toppable, everyone else can hang it up. I still love trying to evoke this angelic feeling."


Written by Penny Longstaff