Swift (Apus apus)
The swift is a real aeronaut. This champion in aerodynamics spends nearly its entire life in the air: it is feeding and drinking here, sleeping in a glide and is even capable of carrying out pairing in dizzy heights. It covers unbelievable 4 million kilometres in its lifespan of 20 years; this corresponds to a distance ten-times of the earth to the moon. Breeding is the only reason why swifts come back to ground. Its body is highly adapted to the life in the air: long falcate wings, short tail and flattened head, rudimental feet, which are only used for holding on to the nest under buildings or in rocks and cliffs. If a swift is falling to the ground, it is only a helpless crawler, because it can barely walk and needs a lot of effort to take off from the ground. In spite of his appearance being similar to swallows, the swift is not related to them, but is surprisingly rather closely related to hummingbirds. With its jarring „sriih-sriih“ calls swifts spread out that magnificent feeling of summer in our cities. Then swift flocks hunt with top speeds up to 200 km/h between street canyons.
Apus apus is the Latin name of the common swift bird. Since my childhood, no other bird has fascinated me that much as this master of the skies. The swift spends nearly all of its life in the air; it drinks, eats and sleeps there. Even mating is carried out at lofty heights. This true aeronaut can travel up to four million kilometers over the course of its life – ten times the distance from here to the moon.
Apus apus is a platform where I can live out the love for music and nature, along with other kindred spirits. Nature is the greatest artist of all: its skillful sophistication coupled with its limitless varieties of shapes and colors are unparalleled. This beauty is not achieved by chance ... and this is what this label is all about: the celebration of the plurality of creation.
Various creatures of the native flora and fauna are interpreted musically on Apus apus. They will be illustrated by the enchanting works from Erich Cramer. Every single cover will be framed by an individual designed border made out of butterfly wings. They are, as no other animal, symbol for the beauty of nature. Exciting facts about the protagonists are listed on the back side of each cover to sensibilise the listener in favour of Mother Nature: You only acknowledge what you already know. The music pieces are thoughtfully presented: quality over quantity, two tracks per EP. This is the same philosophy for releasing: new music only appears once it is created.
I will release three EP’s of mine in the next months on Apus apus: Bee-eater & Blue roller, Red cage & Devil’s fingers, Eyed hawk-moth & oleander hawk-moth. Following that, my fifth studio album will be out