Walk this way
Adrian Utley's sonic journey, Croft Castle & Parkland, Herefordshire
As one third of Portishead, Adrian Utley is doubtless a little bored of hearing his music described as an 'imaginary soundtrack'. So it's no surprise to hear that the soundtrack he has released is a little bit... different. Available to download for free from sonicjourneys.co.uk, Utley's own sonic journey is inspired by – and intended to be listened to whilst enjoying – one of his favourite walks, among the grounds of Croft Castle in Herefordshire. The walk itself takes in points of historical significance, including the 1,000-year-old Quarry Oak and an avenue of veteran chestnut trees planted in the formation of the Spanish Armada, originating from nuts salvaged from one of the wrecked galleons. Utley's music is typically atmospheric (one online comment simply suggests, ‘wouldn't want to do the walk at twilight’) – with a haunting acoustic guitar line rising and fading against a swirling wind. For those who don't live close to Herefordshire, an accompanying video from John Minton can be seen at thespace.org. For those who can make the trip, Utley even provides his own hand-drawn map of the route.