Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley unveiled a new project today in the UK newspaper The Guardian. The musician revealed his love of walking – a pastime he says he finds to be ‘an extremely necessary antidote to my otherwise hectic life’ – and the fact that, although nowadays he prefers not to listen to music as he goes, his early memories of landscapes and cities are shot through by blasts of what he played on his Walkman. With this in mind Utley sketched a map of one his favourite walks (that’s it above) and produced a soundtrack to it. To enjoy the walk and the music together you will have to visit Croft Castle in Herefordshire, UK but the track has been made available as a free download from the National Trust website and sonicjourneys.co.uk for you to enjoy wherever you are in the world. Inspired by the ancient trees in the grounds of Croft Castle – some of which have links to the plague and the Spanish Armada – Utley says the piece was produced ‘to discover as you want and to make your own journey.’
The Sonic Journeys website also features music by Shackleton, Goldfrapp and Micachu.