This 10-minute piece, “Vines,” which grows from a simple mix of field recordings and a madrigal-like electric guitar line to a majestic, orchestral drone, is a first taste of Tinycastles. Tinycastles, based in Montreal, is the duo of Lyndsie Alguire and Thomas Boucher. The track is an expansive sprawl. That early electric guitar has a classical flavor to it, and it is soon joined by ethereal vocals and sparkling synthesizer. It builds and builds, but only in spaciousness, never in momentum, and never in heft. The more complex it gets, the larger it gets — almost as if the duo had challenged themselves to keep its density a near constant.
For a sense of what Alguire is like solo, here’s her lovely and brief ambient piece “When the Roads Meet,” which has the heavenly feel of “Vines,” but filtered to a raspy, lo-fi effect.
Tracks originally posted on SoundCloud (“Vines,” “When the Roads Meet”). (The SoundCloud page for Tinycastles lists Thomas as Thomas Boucher, but Facebook discussions about the group list him as Thomas Swyer.)