An emotional single that helps launch a new Spotify playlist.
Four Tet - Teenage Birdsong
Four Tet might be the quintessential Spotify electronic music artist. Kieran Hebden's tunes, melodic and emotional, suit the evening commute as well as any dance floor. That's certainly the case for "Teenage Birdsong," a Four Tet track that helped launch a Spotify playlist dedicated to "alternative electronic" music. (Hebden, who will curate the playlist for two weeks, included tracks by Machine Woman, Autechre and Skee Mask.) Chimes, shimmering samples and a rich, melodic low-end make a fairly standard Four Tet track, as though it was a missing cut from 2017's New Energy album.
But that classic sound is precisely why "Teenage Birdsong" has already been played around 500,000 times. More than rhythm or groove, Four Tet's music is about feelings, the kind that you don't often hear in dance floor-oriented house and techno. And those feelings are why most people listen to music in the first place, whether they're making breakfast or waiting on a train platform. Four Tet's music has an appeal that stretches far beyond the dance floor, which explains why he's so popular on streaming platforms like Spotify.