Ahead of an appearance at SXSW for the second year running, Oxfordshire pop enigma Enjoyable Listens - AKA Luke Duffett - shares latest single “That’s Where the Blood Is” via Fierce Panda Records (Scrounge; Desperate Journalist).
Penned from his camper van in rural Oxfordshire, Duffett’s latest venture sees him drowning in Berlin circa 1984. Packed with chilled embraces and sultry asides,’That’s Where the Blood Is’ positively blushes with synth-pop charms and hyper-sharp lyricism, an atmosphere only enhanced by the ultra-slick co-production from Joseph Futak - (Lilo, Tapir!, Headboy, Pushpin, Kitty Fitz).
Despite breaking up and reforming five times since 2019, Enjoyable Listens have gained the attention of touchstone indie tastemakers (So Young; Hard of Hearing; Louder than War), in addition to radio support from John Kennedy (Radio X) and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6). Off the back of whirlwind 2022 which saw Duffett appear at SXSW, The Great Escape, Focus Wales, and on a support tour with Home Counties, last year’s debut album The Enjoyable Listen was declared the “best album of 2022” by God Is In the TV’s Jim Auton.
Describing the track, Enjoyable Listens elaborate:‘That’s Where The Blood Is’ is a sub-three minute exploration into the aching foundations of a civilisation, crushed under the weight of its own burgeoning legacy. Written in the bleak midwinter, whilst shivering behind a gas stove in a 1992 Talbot Express parked on a horse ranch in rural Oxfordshire, Duffett has saturated ‘That’s Where The Blood Is’ with imagery reminiscent of his desire for a life beyond aesthetic.
"The aforementioned setting, the pithy lyricism concerning societal breakdown and the pop driven production are all seemingly at odds with one another, all engaged in a form of graceful combat that’s both beautiful and terrifying in equal measure. It’s this dynamism that makes ‘That’s Where The Blood Is’ a song that can’t be turned away from."