By Willard Manus
German musician/singer/composer Markus Apitius has just released his fourth
album, GOLDEN PARACHUTE. Apitius may be based in Cologne, but he writes
and sings in English (handling complex thoughts and language with ease).
He also works in a variety of styles, blurring the boundaries between
rock, jazz and pop. He plays numerous instruments as well, though the
electric keyboard is his bedrock. His musical influences are equally eclectic--Bela
Bartok, Buffalo Springfield, Brian Wilson, John Cale, XTC, the Beatles,
Syd Barrett and Van der Graaf Generator.
Another bitter ballad is Mighty Murdoch, which thanks media king Rupert for all the "beautiful lies" he's told us, lies which have persuaded us to "scrap our altars to make room for our LCDs."
The gifted Apitius can write love songs as well, not to speak of a cerebral (but compelling), thirteen-minute exploration of a story by the sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, Epiphany 74, which concludes with these thoughts: "With all our safety nets and desperate attempts, there's still the ghost that leads the madman's hand. Who will step aside and hope to understand?" Visit www.apitius.de or www.myspace.com/markusapitius.