Four Tet's most recent release was last year's New Energy, but it seems that Kieran Hebden has quietly continued to release new material since under a new moniker. Beginning several months ago, a mysterious electronic artist began appearing in Spotify's "New Music Friday" playlist, under the Wingdings-encoded, impossible-to-Google alias ⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ. Over time, Internet speculation grew concerning the artist's identity, and Hebden has supposedly hinted towards himself being the mystery artist, through a screenshot on Twitter, seen below:
Although it hasn't been officially confirmed that Hebden is indeed the mystery artist, he's done similar things in the past. Check out the track below.
Meahwhile, Four Tet wraps up his sold-out, five-night run at National Sawdust tonight (3/23). For these intimate shows, Hebden paired his cerebral, atmospheric instrumentals with a unique, dazzling lighting setup as Variety's Jem Aswad points out:
Throughout the set, the crowd alternated between dancing, filming the lights with their phones and just staring in awe for minutes on end. And as people filed out of the venue — into a heaving blizzard that dumped a foot of snow onto the city Wednesday and Thursday — nearly everyone we walked past was talking about it in stunned tones. The fusion is so innovative that it feels like it belongs in the Tate Modern or the Museum of Modern Art, although National Sawdust has much better acoustics.
You can view fan-shot photos and videos from the residency below.