Is Four Tet Trolling Us on Spotify With a Cryptic Wingdings Alias Today?

If you’re a devoted listener of Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist, you might have noticed an unintelligible string of wingdings occupying the last song slot today (March 16). Nope, the code isn’t a glitch in the system: a click on the cryptic artist name (that is, ??????•?)?? ?? ??????? ??) leads to an artist page with six other tracks released over 2017, all with a similar combination of symbols as a title.

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But Internet sleuths are speculating that the new single is actually Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden in disguise, and they may be right.

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Hebden tweeted a screenshot of himself listening to the track yesterday, and his Twitter page sports a new header displaying a nonsensical iMessage conversation filled with similar emojis and wingdings. Plus, the new track now appears at the top of a public playlist on Four Tet’s official Spotify, which is also — wait for it — titled using the same strange symbols. 

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One more interesting tidbit: the very first time the strange artist released a single in August 2017, Hebden posted a screenshot of the track to Four Tet’s Twitter account, too. Coincidence? We think not.

The new song (titled   ? ?.·??? ? ? ? ? ?.·??? ? ? ? ? ?.·??? ? ? ? ? ?.·??? ? ? ? ? , if you must know) is worth a listen either way, offering six minutes of ambient trance soundscapes and squeaky sonic bubbles.

Have a listen and ponder the mystery for yourself, below.