Luo – Sleep Spindles (2016)

Since 2012, Brighton electronic artist Josh Trinnaman, otherwise known as Luo, has treated us with EPs that were enigmas. Trinniman built idyllic but undoubtedly jagged sonic landscapes, layers of ethereal musical textures built upon a bed of electronic percussion. Where did they fit? Jazz? House? The lambasted realm of IDM?

In his debut full length Sleep Spindles, we remain at the mercy of Trinniman’s imagination. With its eclectic inventory of samples and instruments, Sleep Spindles gently leads the listener through a hypnotic and ethereal discourse. However, the grip with reality remains as we attempt to parse the intricacies of the sound. It is something typical of musicians like Venetian Snares and Squarepusher. They lift us off our feet like the sirens they are, but the complexity of their sound demands concentration. The result is a euphoric but alert state, relaxed but attentive.

Trinnaman’s craft naturally draws us towards this emotional tier. And who really cares where it fits, really? Sleep Spindles is an album to get swept up in, to lose yourself but occasionally open your eyes to recognise and appreciate the stimuli around you.

File Under

electronic, math rock, post rock, house, instrumental, ethereal

Sounds A Tad Like

Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares, Squarepusher


£5 digital, CD £7/LP £12 + shipping (Bandcamp)


Brighton, UK